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8 Section 1 Chicago-Tribune, Sunday, June 8, 1 980 Suspended in 'unexplained deaths9 Nurse under fire: Tm innocent' i jr. iff iff ill ilii I i 1 1. V- y4 woman to die of hypoglycemia. However, Mrs. Evelyn Charlton of 315 S.

La-Grange La Grange, said it was her mother, Ellen O'Hara, who died Oct. 29 at the age of 92 while awaiting surgery on a broken hip. After an autopsy, which found "hypoglycemia, etiology cause 'indetermined" as the cause of death, Mrs. O'Hara's body was cremated. MISS KURLE said she could not remember the death last October, but did recall Mrs.

Brown's death. "I alerted the hospital to the fact she was in vserious straits," she said. "I found her nearly unconscious around. 1:30 or 1:45 in the morning. I called my supervisor and the house physician and treated her according to the orders of the house physician." Miss Kurle left about 8:30 that morning, and Mrs.

Brown died about 4 p.m. "I did all I could to save that lady's life," she said. At the Hme of her death, a hospital official said Mrs. Brown died of an "ex By Janet Cawley "NURSING IS my life. It's all I've ever done, all I wanted to do." Linda Kurle, suspended last week from Good Samaritan Hospital because of the "unexplained deaths" of two patients, rubbed her hands together thoughtfully as she spoke.

"I'm innocent. I had nothing to do with it, I wasn't involved at all. I just want everyone to know that." Miss Kurle, 24, was seated in the law offices of her attorney, Aldo E. Botti. She spoke hesitantly about her job as the 11 p.m.-7 a.m.

nurse in charge of 12 patients each night in a surgical unit at the Downers Grove Hospital. TWO ELDERLY women in her care died of hypoglycemia, a sugar deficiency that apparently was caused by an overdose of insulin. Last week, Miss Kurle was served a notice by the hospital that said "you are being suspended pending a meeting on June 11 at which time you will be given an opportunity to discuss your nursing involvement with two patients who died of hypoglycemia." The paper referred to the deaths as "unexplained." Downers Grove Police Chief Stanley Troyer confirmed he was investigating the death of the second woman, Mrs. Vivian Brown, who died Feb. 8.

Troyer said that death was due to an overdose of insulin and characterized it as "highly suspicious. "EUTHANASIA WAS certainly one of the prime thoughts at first," he said. "But there's no such thing as a mercy killing in this state. It's either homicide or it isn't." However, Troyer said, as far as his office was concerned, there was no "second case" under consideration. The hospital did not identify the first SAVE 50 ON REED BARTON MARE.

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