Ilda Vitor Maciel, 88, of Rio de Janeiro, was admitted to Santa Casa de Barra Mansa hospital last month, having suffered a stroke. Just as she was beginning to show signs of improvement Maciel died after receiving an injection from a nurse technician. A lawsuit filed against the hospital by her family claims that the nurse injected soup into the elderly woman’s veins instead of into her feeding tube. The hospital does not deny that this error happened, but maintain that it was not the cause of death.
An autopsy, however, concluded that the soup injection was likely to have caused a pulmonary embolism which killed Maciel. According to Maciel’s daughter who was present during the injection, Maciel went into a seizure immediately after the shot was administered and died 12 hours later.