A British nurse who is standing trial for killing seven babies in 2015 and 2016 allegedly admonished a co-worker who yelled for help after a baby’s oxygen levels dropped.
According to Sky News, a neonatal assistant testified that she was “shocked” by the interaction with Lucy Letby, 32, who is accused of carrying out the slayings at Countess of Chester Hospital. The assistant claimed she and Letby were feeding babies in the neonatal unit when an alarm rang at a cot Letby was standing over.
The Manchester Evening News reported that Letby stopped the feed through a nasogastric tube and administered oxygen via a facial mask when other measures were unsuccessful. The neonatal assistant testified that she yelled for help as another nurse walked past the door.
The assistant recalled, “Then Lucy said to me, ‘Why did you shout for help?’”
Letby is accused of killing seven babies and injuring 10 more. She has denied claims that she injected air into the victims’ bloodstream and gave them insulin.
In one of the cases, the former nurse allegedly tried to kill a premature baby girl on three instances before she was successful. Afterward, she reportedly sent a sympathy card to the victim’s parents.
Previous testimony also linked Letby to the slaying of a 1.7-pound baby who reportedly had air forced into his stomach via a nasogastric tube. An expert testified that the boy was thriving at the time of his sudden death. The expert stated that he was “potentially at risk of complications” after birth, and he was receiving routine treatment for pneumonia.
However, the expert concluded that pneumonia did not kill the newborn.
The trial continues.
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[Featured image: Lucy Letby/Police Handout]