Harju County Court on Thursday found nurse Nadežda Soosaar, 56, guilty of negligent homicide due to an incorrect blood transfusion, handing her a one and a half year conditional prison sentence with three years of probation.
The court found that exceptional circumstances applied to this case, which also called for the ordering of non-patrimonial damages.
"If a person is taken to the hospital to receive help but instead dies there as a result of incorrect treatment, this is an exceptional circumstance," the court said, ordering North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH) and Soossaar to pay a total of €11,000 in damages to three plaintiffs.
Soosaar, a nurse in the intensive care ward of PERH's plastic surgery and burns unit, was accused of wrongly carrying out a blood transfusion on a patient who did not need it.
Over the course of ten minutes, the patient received blood components of an incompatible blood type, as a result of which the patient developed shortness of breath. Soosaar therafter cut the blood transfusion short, but the patient died later that evening.
Editor: Aili Vahtla