Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Transplant surgeon will be tried for patient's death

From the Associated Press

A transplant surgeon accused of hastening the death of a man so his organs could be harvested has been ordered to trial on one count of felony dependent adult abuse, but two other felony charges involviing the dying man were dismissed.

The criminal case against Dr. Hootan Roozrokh of San Francisco is the first such action against a transplant doctor in the United States.

After a preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo County, Superior Court Judge Martin J. Tangeman issued a ruling Wednesday describing an uncoordinated scene surrounding the 2006 death of Ruben Navarro at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, which had never handled a "Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD)" case.

Navarro, 26, had a debilitating neurological disease and was in a coma when he was admitted to the hospital after a heart attack.

Roozrokh is to be arraigned on April 2. It's not known when his trial will begin.

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