Brazilian nursing student accidentally kills patient with coffee

After just three days of working in a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, clinic, student nurse Rejane Moreira Telles did the unthinkable: she accidentally killed a patient when she administered the wrong IV drip--full of milky coffee that went straight to Palmerina Pires Ribeiro's heart and lungs!

In one of the most bizarre hospital stories I've ever read, Rejane is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter along with two nurses and another student, none of whom were apparently trained for this procedure. So what exactly happened?


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According to the New York Daily News, the 23-year-old student nurse told TV Globo's Fantastico show that "as they [the feed and blood drips] were next to each other, anyone can get confused. I injected the coffee and I put it in the wrong place."

Meanwhile, the victim's daughter Loreni Ribeiro, has a different story, saying: "I saw my mother was agitated. She opened her mouth, and this youngster put coffee with milk into (her) veins." Seriously, how scary does that sound?

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To be honest, I'm completely shocked and saddened that this even happened. For one thing, why was this nursing student allowed to do something she wasn't even trained for? Wasn't there anybody watching her? Secondly, why is injecting milky coffee into ANYTHING even a thing? How exactly was this supposed to be a cure if it was injected into the correct IV? Somebody explain that one to me.

Either way, I hope that the deceased patient's family recovers and that Rejane will be okay, too. I honestly don't think any of this was her fault, either--just a victim of terrible circumstances.

Image via Globo TV

Topics: crime  murder  tragedy