One survivor ... and the tragic victims
THE death of Grigg-Booth meant she never had to face trial. But below are patients whose fate had been in her hands:
KAREN HANSON, now 38
She was 28 when admitted to Airedale with her nine-week-old baby son whom she was breast feeding. She was in severe pain from an abscess.
One night Grigg-Booth gave her an unlawful and potentially dangerous dose of morphine described by Prof Forrest as ‘reckless’. The inquiry concluded the nurse ‘could have put the patient’s life at risk.’ Miss Hanson recovered and GriggBooth was charged with administering a noxious substance.
Last night she said: ‘I am lucky to be alive. Few can begin to understand the trauma and distress that is felt when they are the victim of a violent act from someone in a position of trust like this and which it is now clear could have been avoided. The failures on the part of the management are disturbing.’
JUNE DRIVER, 67
The retired nursing sister was admitted to Airedale in June 2000 with an infected hip replacement. A month later she suffering a bleed in the brain. During the early hours she was arching her back as if in severe pain. Her daughter realised she was dying. Grigg-Booth offered to give her something to ‘make her more comfortable’.
The inquiry team said it was ‘probable’ she gave her diamorphine intravenously – against hospital rules – and hastened death by one hour ‘at most’. Grigg-Booth was charged with Mrs Driver’s murder.
EVA BLACKBURN, 75
The heavy smoker was admitted with shortness of breath and an X-ray indicated lung cancer. Hours later it became clear she was dying. During the night she was given two doses of diamorphine by Grigg-Booth. Forensic toxicologist Professor Robert Forrest concluded the second injection made a ‘significant contribution’ to the final mechanism of her death. Grigg-Booth was charged with her murder.
ANNIE MIDGLEY, 96
She was admitted with a displaced fracture of her thigh bone. Her condition deteriorated. At midnight Mrs Midgley began pulling at her oxygen mask and Grigg-Booth administered diamorphine by injection. She stopped breathing two hours later. Prof Forrest said the injection by Grigg-Booth shortened the pensioner’s life, although she would have died that night anyway. Grigg-Booth was charged with her murder.
MICHAEL PARKER, 42
He was admitted to hospital in June 2002 with leukaemia. On June 17 he was ‘thrashing about’ in pain. Grigg-Booth increased the diamorphine dose without contacting the consultant. She broke instructions by giving it intravenously.
Two hours later Mr Parker died. Prof Forrest said the injection contributed to his death, although he would have died anyway. Grigg-Booth was charged with attempted murder.
Karen Hanson: She was given a ‘reckless’ dose of morphine