Nurse on Ventilator Video a Filipina — DFA

Citing a report of the Philippine embassy in London, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday has confirmed that the nurse who was caught on video accidentally turning off a paralyzed patient’s ventilator is a Filipina.

According to news reports, the Filipina nurse was identified as Violeta Aylward, 55 years old. She made the mistake by turning-off the life support machine of her patient, Jamie Merrett, in January 2009.

The DFA said that while no criminal charges have been filed against Aylward, her license has been suspended (by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council) and administrative charges are still to be heard. has more.

Here's the video, which was made public only last week.