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Surgeon Accused of Quickening Death for Organs

February 27, 2008 10:30 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A California surgeon has been accused of hastening the death of a patient in order to retrieve his liver and kidneys.

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Prosecutors for Rosa Navarro, the mother of deceased patient Ruben Navarro, allege that Dr. Hootan C. Roozrokh gave her son excessive doses of drugs to speed up what most doctors agree was an impending death.

On Feb. 3, Navarro, a brain-damaged 25-year-old suffering from a debilitating neurological disease, was taken off the ventilator at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and administered morphine and anti-anxiety medicine. Navarro died about eight hours later.

According to The New York Times, Dr. Roozrokh has been charged “with felony counts of dependent adult abuse, mingling a harmful substance (Betadine) and prescribing a controlled substance (morphine and Ativan) without medical purpose.”

“If you think a malpractice lawsuit is scaring surgeons off, wait to see what happens when people see a surgeon being charged criminally and going to jail,” Dr. Goran B. Klintmalm, president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, told the Times.

There is also concern that the case will deter prospective organ donors.

Headline Link: ‘Surgeon Accused of Speeding a Death to Get Organs’

Background: United Network for Organ Sharing

Related Topic: Indian kidney ring

Reference: Organ donations

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