November 02, 2010

Karen Remsing - Jailed After Disconnecting Son’s IV, Injecting Herself With Sedative

Pittsburgh, PA (The Weekly Vice) - Karen Remsing, a 42-year-old Vancouver woman visiting her terminally ill son at a Pittsburgh hospital was jailed after she allegedly disconnected her son's intravenous line feeding him sedatives and instead injected herself with with the drug.

According to police, Remsing was visiting her terminally ill 15-year-old son at UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh when she disconnected her son's sedative line and began filling hypodermic needles out of the tube. She then injected herself with the drug.

Remsing dosed herself with Midazolam, a strong medication used to induce sedation and amnesia prior to surgery. She then attempted to reconnect the i.v., but in doing so, created an air bubble in the line that further threatened the boy's life.

Remsing, who is a registered nurse, was found slumped over a couch. Bloody needles and clothing were found in the trash and on a nearby bed tray.

Remsing was booked into the Allegheny County Jail on charges of child endangerment, theft, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of a prescription medication.

Remsing's husband, Richard, stated that he and his son moved to Pittsburgh 10 years ago so that the boy could be treated for his illness. He remains on life support while awaiting an intestine transplant.

Remsing, who stayed behind in Washington to work, has been banned from entering the hospital.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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