Rosemary Vogel is facing some pretty serious charges after being caught with a hand full of poop. Vogel allegedly used a syringe to inject fecal matter into her husband’s IV as he lay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) recovering from heart surgery. She has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and adult abuse.
"This is the first that I've heard where fecal matter has been injected into an IV system," said Sgt. Joe Favazzo, according to AZFamily.com. Vogel, a 65-year-old Arizona resident, is a registered nurse and was once employed for about five years at Chandler Regional Medical Center where her husband is a patient, NBC Montana reported. She allegedly came to her husband’s bedside armed with three syringes that contained fecal matter on Thursday afternoon following his heart procedure. Hospital staff entered Vogel’s husband’s room when an alarm began going off. They found Vogel standing over her husband and noticed that his IV had a brown substance in it. The nurse who noticed that something was awry immediately removed the IV from the man’s arm.
Later, police found the syringes in Vogel’s purse and had them tested in a hospital lab. All of them tested positive for fecal matter. Introducing fecal matter into her husband’s IV could have been almost-immediately fatal given his condition post-surgery. Dr. Jerry Ellen Owensby told WFSB that the hospital staff’s quick action is what saved the patient’s life. Once fecal matter enters the bloodstream, it can be deadly. "Given that he had a heart procedure, the introduction of bacteria is even more critical because the tissue has been disrupted or irritated and it would be more likely for bacteria to lodge there," she said.
Vogel is now in custody and her husband is doing well, Sgt. Favazzo said. He’s expected to survive, but is still in recovery. "He's in his recovery process not only from his medical procedure, but from this attempt on his life," Favazzo said.
Vogel’s next door neighbor, Harvey Zehnder, said that the Vogels seemed like a happily married couple. "Nothing ever led me to believe there were any problems," said Zehnder. Police have yet to determine a motive for the poop-filled IV attack.