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Doctor jailed for “culpable homicide” and possessing child pornography

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1364
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

A Dutch paediatric cardiologist has been found guilty of “culpable homicide” after a 7 month old baby girl died following heart catheterisation. He was also found guilty of possessing a large quantity of child pornography and has been banned from practising medicine for six years and jailed for 18 months, with six months suspended.

Dr Paul H, 45, had, the court accepts, intended to help Charlotte Floor, who had been born with a severe heart abnormality. But his “gross carelessness” and “irresponsible decisions” meant he is to blame for her death.

In 2001, Dr H had operated at Utrecht's Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, …

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