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Hospital manslaughter trial starts Tuesday
Luxembourg

Hospital manslaughter trial starts Tuesday

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Six doctors and six nurses will be tried for involuntary manslaughter at Luxembourg's trial court in the case of a three-year-old boy who died at the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) in 2005 after being treated with Propofol.

(CS) Six doctors and six nurses will be tried for involuntary manslaughter at Luxembourg's trial court in the case of a three-year-old boy who died at the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) in 2005 after being treated with Propofol.

Three experts and at least 21 witnesses are expected to be heard at court.

In July 2005 the young boy was admitted to the CHL after an accident, where he was treated with Diprivan (Propofol) between July 15 to 19. The three-year-old died of complications from the infusion.

Since 2009 Propofol has reached an infamous status, after Michael Jackson died of complications taking the drug. It is used in anesthesia, as well as as a sedative in intensive care units.

As the German “Ärzteblatt” writes, Propofol infusion syndrom can occur in rare cases in the treatment of children causing severe metabolic disturbances. Twelve hospital staff, six doctors and six nurses, are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The first hearing is set to take place on Tuesday, January 24, with seven weeks of court proceedings scheduled.