Ugandan Nurse Deliberately Infects HIV to a 2 year old Boy, found Guilty [UPDATE]

In this photograph taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014, a Ugandan nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, sits in court in the capital Kampala, Uganda. (AP Photo)

Ugandan Nurse Deliberately Infects HIV to a 2 year old Boy

UPDATE on May 23, 2014:

Uganda Nurse who was accused of infecting a toddler with HIV has been found guilty.

The Medical Blog reported more on the story below:

A court in Uganda sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after the woman was found guilty of trying to infect a child with HIV. But the verdict was not without controversy, as nurses and activists came out to fight on the woman’s behalf.

Rosemary Namubiru is a 64-year old woman who also knows the distress of being HIV positive herself. She says that she didn’t try to infect the baby, who turned out to be OK, but that it was a mistake.

Throughout the trial, Namubiru insisted that she was innocent. She says that she accidentally pricked herself one day at work and wasn’t aware that she was using the same contaminated needle to give an injection to a baby. But the child’s mother was watching the situation closely and realized that the needle had not been changed. That’s when she told authorities what happened.


Original post from April 25, 2014:

The Ugandan press had dubbed her “the killer nurse,” after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.

The 64-year-old nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, was charged with attempted murder, denied bail and sent to jail in an unusual case that many here saw as a horrifying example of the lax hospital standards believed to be prevalent in this East African country.

But in the course of her trial – on the revised charge of criminal negligence – the nurse is attracting sympathy and emerging as the apparent victim of rampant stigma in a country that until recently was being praised as a global leader in fighting AIDS and promoting an open attitude toward the disease.

The nurse, while attempting to give an injection to a distraught child on Jan. 7, accidentally pricked her finger with a needle, according to AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy group that has been monitoring the ongoing trial. After bandaging her finger she returned to administer the injection, apparently using the contaminated needle.

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