Midwife accused of murder over C-sections

Last updated 09:43 25/07/2014

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A midwife has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of attempted murder, accused of administering a blood thinner to women undergoing cesarean sections.

Munich police said that a hospital in the city alerted prosecutors after bleeding during four C-sections between April and June aroused staff's suspicions.

An internal investigation by the hospital concluded that the women had been given high doses of heparin, which is used to prevent blood clots, although it wasn't medically necessary.

Police said the drug caused life-threatening blood loss that was stemmed by "immediate emergency measures."

They said the 33-year-old midwife, who was arrested last week and was in detention pending formal charges, denied the allegations.

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