Pinay nurse gets suspended sentence for fatal blood transfusion mistake

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2017 12:18 AM | Updated as of Feb 10 2017 12:55 AM

A donor gives blood at a National Blood Service center in London. Reuters file photo

LONDON - A Filipina nurse on Thursday received a suspended 18-month sentence in England over a blood transfusion mistake that caused the death of a 76-year-old patient.

Lea Ledesma was found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence.

Ledesma was working as an intensive care unit nurse at the University College Hospital. 

According to court documents, she caused the transfusion of type AB blood to a patient with type O blood on May 7, 2014. The patient died later that evening.

A post-mortem examination of the patient revealed that the death was caused by the administration of an incompatible unit of blood.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith of the Southwark Crown Court suspended Ledesma's sentence, citing good character and remorse. Her character references and family's presence at court also contributed to the mitigation of her sentence.

Ledesma was represented by Anthony David Metzer of Goldsmith Chambers.

Her suspended sentence for two years means that she will undergo probation.

If she does not break the law during the two-year period and fulfills the conditions of her probation, the judge may dismiss the prison sentence of one year and six months.