Danish woman drains half litre of blood from son every week for 5 years

 khaleejtimes.com  2/11/2019 7:47:59 AM  2  AP/Copenhagen

Danish woman drains half litre of blood from son every week for 5 years

AP/Copenhagen

Filed on February 11, 2019 | Last updated on February 11, 2019 at 09.00 am

A Danish court has sentenced a 36-year-old woman to four years in jail for having drained 500 milliliters (more than a pint) of blood from her young son as often as once a week over a five-year period.

The court in Herning, western Denmark, says the woman - a trained nurse - performed 110 drains using a catheter on the boy between the ages of 1 and 6, and told hospital doctors that his low blood count was due to a rare bone marrow disease.

The court said Thursday that doctors got suspicious and alerted police, who secretly filmed her.

A court-ordered psychiatric report said she suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental condition where caregivers make a child ill in order to attract attention to themselves.

The woman was not identified.

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