One of Britain’s most notorious child killers is reportedly battling for her life with suspected sepsis .
Beverley Allitt , 49, was convicted of killing four children while working as a nurse at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincs, in 1991.
Staff at Rampton high-security hospital say the so-called ‘Angel of Death’ fell ill on Sunday and is now receiving round-the-clock care for the life-threatening condition.
A source told The Sun: “There are genuine concerns as to whether she’ll pull through.”
Allitt claimed her first victim, eight-week old Liam Taylor, in February 23, 1991 after she injected the infant with a large dose of insulin.
The former paediatric nurse, went onto kill three more and seriously injured nine others during the 59-day killing spree at the hospital’s now-infamous Ward 4.
The sudden spike in infant mortalities baffled hospital authorities and sparked an urgent investigation in their deaths.
Some were left with life-long injuries resulting from the damaging injections administered by Allitt.
She went on trial at Nottingham Crown Court in 1993. She pleaded not guilty.
The jury heard that psychiatrists who had examined her had concluded she was suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, a mental illness where sufferers crave attention.
She was found guilty and ordered to be held indefinitely in Rampton High Security Psychiatric Hospital.
Sepsis, also known as septicemia, is a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue and organs as it attempts to fight infection.
Symptoms may include fever, urinary problem and low blood pressure and may lead to death if antibiotic treatment fails.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS has declined to comment on Allitt’s condition.
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