Psychologist says she ‘gave up’ to save husband’s life
A psychotherapist who saved her husband’s health when he was rushed to hospital after suffering from a rare form of cancer has been jailed for 18 months.
Key points:A psychiatric nurse who treated husband’s heart was jailed for six months and jailed for 17 months in 2015The woman was in a relationship with the man’s sister before the incidentBut she said she was overwhelmed by the attention he received from the public and she was ‘terrified’The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Adelaide Magistrates Court to three counts of culpable neglect of a person in need of care.
The nurse said she “gave him a few moments of love” before taking him to hospital in December 2015.
He was rushed into surgery to be treated for a rare genetic condition known as B-cell lymphoma, which is fatal in 90 per cent of patients.
Ms Carter was working as a psychiatric nurse in a community mental health facility in the city, but had become involved in a romantic relationship with a man who was also in a mental health unit.
Ms Casey was in charge of the man when she went to check on him in the hospital on December 20, 2015.
She said she had to check up on the man, who had recently had a minor surgery and had been given an oxygen mask.
“He had a small cut on his forehead,” she told the court.
“I said to the other nurse, ‘What’s wrong with him?’
He said, ‘It’s nothing, I just got a little bit bit sore’.”
Ms Carter said the man told her his condition had been “frozen” for two weeks, and he was “a bit more awake”.
She said the nurse asked what was wrong with the patient.
“We went back and forth with him for a few minutes,” she said.
“Then I said, you know, he’s not feeling well, and then we went back into the room.”
When I returned he was not moving.
There was no sign of any movement.
“She said a nurse told her the man had suffered a severe reaction to a drug.”
The nurse called my partner, and she said, `I’m in shock, I’ve got to get you to a doctor’,” she said to court.
The woman said she did not have the information to help the man.”
She told me he was in shock because he was having trouble breathing, he was struggling to breathe,” she testified.”
And I was in the room with him, and I was saying, ‘You’re in shock’.
“Ms Casey said she told her partner the man was “terrified”.”
She said, “You have to talk to him about it, I’ll be there for you.”
“I was afraid that if I didn’t, then my husband would be in a terrible situation.”
The court heard the man and the nurse had a relationship before he was diagnosed with cancer, but Ms Carter was “overwhelmed” by the amount of attention they received.
“As soon as I found out what he had done, I was devastated,” she recalled.
She pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of person in care and two counts of failing to act within three days of a dangerous medical condition being diagnosed.
She was sentenced to six months imprisonment and 17 months’ supervision.
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