Nurse charged with capital murder after he 'intentionally injected' air into patients' catheters, killing one and leaving two in a vegetative state
Between July 2017 and February 2018, Davis interfered with the recovery of multiple heart surgery patients, causing them to experience stroke-like symptoms.
A Texas nurse who was previously indicted for one murder and two aggravated assault charges has now seen his charges amended to include one for capital murder and three aggravated assault counts. 34-year-old William George Davis, formerly an employee at Christus Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital in Tyler, Texas, was arrested this past April after he was linked to a slew of suspicious incidents in the hospital.
The patients he had been around in the past year had suffered setbacks in their recoveries, with one army veteran even dying and two others being left in a vegetative state, reports the Daily Mail. After his arrest, he was accused of tampering with the IVs of at least seven patients, with the authorities stating he intentionally injected air into the catheters of patrons recovering from heart surgery.
According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the first of these incidents occurred on June 22, 2017, when a 61-year-old male patient experienced a "profound and unexplainable incident resembling stroke-like symptoms." Then a little under a month later, a 58-year-old man similarly suffered a significant injury that mirrored the previous victim.
It was 47-year-old army veteran Christopher Greenaway who was the first to die from Davis' malicious interventions. Greenaway was recovering in the intensive care unit after successfully undergoing a coronary artery bypass graft surgery. But when his assigned nurse asks Davis to watch over him while he takes a break, Greenaway suffers a sudden and unexpected neurological incident. The vet was declared brain dead soon after and passed away.
Two other patients, 64-year-old Pamela Henderson and 58-year-old Joseph Kalina, were left in a vegetative state after Davis interfered in their treatments. Henderson suffered a stroke and was left with limited mobility and visual problems while Kalina is now quadriplegic, suffers from severe brain damage, and is unable to talk. While the events were initially thought to be unconnected, authorities find that Davis was the common factor in all of these cases. Footage proved that he was consistently around these patients and that he entered and left their rooms just as they began to suffer their stroke-like symptoms.
He subsequently had his contract terminated for his falsification of care events and his unethical practice and was arrested and charged with the murder of Greenaway. The hospital is now the target of a lawsuit, with the Crosley Law Firm in San Antonio filing a medical negligence claim in relation to their treatment of Kalina. In a statement, the firm said, "Joseph Kalina has now had his life forever altered. He is suffering from severe brain damage, quadriplegia, he is unable to walk or talk, he is unable to feed himself, he is still in a rehab hospital, his injuries are believed to be permanent and require full-time care."
While the hospital refused to discuss the ongoing litigation, the did release a statement saying that the nurse had passed all background checks when they had hired him and that they were reviewing patients' files since the beginning of Davis' employment. "Working in concert with the Tyler Police Department, we are reviewing patient files since the beginning of Will Davis’s employment," the statement said. "However, due to a protective order put in place by Judge Christi Kennedy, we’re unable to speak to specifics of that review or our processes and referrals of cases to Tyler law enforcement for investigation."
"We continue to be distressed by these serious allegations. However, our healthcare ministry remains rooted in our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We will not allow this matter to take away from the exceptional holistic care provided to our patients and their families. "
Davis is currently in Smith County Jail and is being held on a $4 million bond. His trial is scheduled to begin on December 3.