Friday, December 2, 2016

Italian doctor and nurse may have killed dozens.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Leonardo Cassaniga
An Italian doctor and nurse were arrested yesterday for allegedly causing the deaths of 10 people between 2011 - 2014 and are being investigated in connection to 50 suspicious deaths at the hospital in Saronno Italy.

Yahoo news reported that:

Emergency room anaesthetist Leonardo Cazzaniga, 60, and nurse Laura Taroni, 40, were held on Tuesday over the deaths of at least five patients but prosecutors are now examining the medical files of more than 50. 
The couple is also suspected of killing Cazzaniga's father, as well as Taroni's mother and Taroni's 45-year-old husband, who the couple reportedly tricked into believing he was diabetic. 
Taroni's spouse died on June 30, 2013 after regularly taking medicine that was "absolutely incongruous with his actual health conditions, weakening and eventually killing him," according to a police report.

Based on the Yahoo news report, Cazzaniga and Taroni may have had an obsession with killing:
Wiretapped conversations allegedly in the possession of investigators recorded the couple talking about killing other relatives, as well as Taroni discussing the "perfect murder" with her 11-year-old son. 
In one of the most disturbing calls, Taroni told Cazzaniga she was also prepared to kill her son and her eight-year-old daughter, wiretaps allegedly reveal. 
"If you want, I'll kill the children," she told Cazzaniga, who replied: "No, not the children." 
There is no evidence that Cazzaniga and Taroni were practising unauthorised euthanasia or that they were motivated by compassion. 
"Every now again I have this urge to kill someone - I need to," Taroni allegedly told Cazzaniga in an intercepted conversation. 
According to one of Cazzaniga's colleagues, the anaesthetist frequently referred to himself as an "angel of death".
Legalizing euthanasia provides a perfect cover for medical killings. Yahoo news reported that the Saronno hospital is also being investigated for either covering up the suspicious deaths or simply not investigating.
Prosecutors are also probing 14 people, including the top management of Saronno hospital, for failing to investigate the suspicious deaths. Regional health authorities have pledged to set up a committee of enquiry over the issue. 
One of the people under investigation, a female doctor, is allegedly suspected of blackmailing the hospital into hiring her in exchange for keeping quiet about the murders and of helping Taroni falsify blood tests results to convince her husband he had diabetes.

A 2103 study found that 1.7% of all deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were hastened without request. It is likely that other cases of medical killings would be found if an indepth investigation were done.

Considering the cases of medical killing and how the medical system rarely uncovers these acts, we cannot expect that effective oversight will be provided, where euthanasia is legal.


Unknown said...

Euthanasia derived from the Greek terms, “Eu” meaning good and “Thanatosis” meaning death. In this sense, the term Euthanasia is translated to mean “happy or good death”.This topic is controversial and many people are bound to have different viewpoints. The Christian Research Journal defines euthanasia as "mercy killing" an act of killing someone painlessly especially someone who is suffering from a terminal illness. The word euthanasia was first used by Francis Bacon in the 17th century to refer to an easy, painless and happy death. To better understand euthanasia, one has to know that they are different kind of euthanasia and the process for each is different. The different type of euthanasia are active, passive, voluntary, involuntary, and assisted.

I believe that euthanasia should be legalized everywhere in the USA not just in certain states. This will give people the choice to choose how they would want to end their lives. Every one of us would want to die a painless death and if euthanasia can provide this why should we deny people of that? I am glad that Colorado has pass the law to legalized euthanasia in the state. This is a good step on the right path.

Carol V said...

In response to Janisse ... Not one law in the United States allowing physician-assisted suicide requires proof of physical suffering to obtain a lethal prescription. They just require a doctor to diagnose a terminal illness likely to result in death in six months or less, which is sometimes incorrect. For example, Michael Freeland lived two years after receiving a lethal prescription in Oregon.

Moreover, the statistics from Oregon and elsewhere show that very few people commit assisted suicide due to physical suffering. Rather, the issues are predominately existential, such as fears of being a burden or losing dignity.

Also, notice the door is already open to broadening the assisted suicide license by using a “suffering” standard rather than a terminal illness requirement, as they do in the Netherlands and Belgium where any “physical” part of that equation evaporated quickly allowing the mentally ill, disabled, emotionally distraught, and elderly to be killed by doctors.