The doctor is arrested on suspicion of murdering two patients “to release beds in the overstretched Italian Covid ward”.
- Carlo Mosca, 47, reportedly administered lethal doses of anesthetics in March
- Natale Bassi (61) and Angelo Paletti (80) were avid patients at Lombardy A&E.
- WhatsApps between nurses accused him of killing patients to free beds
- Mosca, under house arrest in Mantua, denies murder and calls claims “unfounded”.
An Italian doctor accused of murdering two patients in a coronavirus ward at the height of the pandemic to free up beds has been arrested.
47-year-old Carlo Mosca administered fatal doses of anesthetics to 61-year-old Natale Bassi and 80-year-old Angelo Paletti in a hospital in Lombardy in March.
WhatsApp messages between nurses revealed that they suspected the “crazy” Mosca of killing patients to free the beds in the A&E department he was responsible for.
Another three deaths are currently under investigation by police after they alleged Mosca modified the medical records of his alleged victims in order to cover his tracks.
Mosca was arrested and is now under house arrest at his home in Mantua. He denies the charges against him and calls the allegations “unfounded”.
Carlo Mosca, 47, was working as the head of the emergency department at the hospital in Montichiari, Lombardy, when the two patients were reportedly killed between March 20 and 23
The doctor administered succinylcholine and propofol, both of which were used on the ward to numb covid patients so they could be intubated.
Prosecutors say the patients in question were never intubated and that Mosca had no reason to use anesthesia.
An anonymous complaint was filed in late April and prosecutors received WhatsApp messages showing how Mosca tried to work with nurses with him.
When he found out he was being examined, he asked the nurses to agree on an appropriate version of the story and get them to clarify untruths.
In text messages, the nurses said, “Did he ask you to give the drugs without intubating them?”, “I don’t kill patients just because he wants to vacate the beds,” and “This is crazy.” ‘
Prosecutors claim he asked his colleagues to leave the room while he was administering the medication.
“That has never happened to me,” said one nurse.
Bassi, a diabetic with heart disease, died on March 20. Two days later, Paletti died.
The hospital in Lombardy where Mosca worked as the head of A&E
Between November 2019 and April 2020, orders for succinylcholine and propofol increased by 70 percent.
The hospital intubated only five patients during that time.
In addition to murder, Mosca is accused of falsifying the alleged victims’ health records.
The doctor “has processed the clinical data in such a way that the patient appears incurable and therefore does not arouse suspicion,” says the court files.
Mosca, who has been suspended from his duties, says the case against him consists of “unfounded allegations”.
He says he never administered the anesthetics and that he would never take your life, he would save it.