Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Transplant surgeon faces criminal charges for allegedly hastening death of disabled man to harvest his organs

"Let's give him some more candy"

In what may be the first such prosecution of its kind anywhere in the US, a San Francisco doctor who specializes in organ transplants has been charged with prescribing lethal doses of narcotics and tranquilizers to a patient in order to hasten death so the patient's organs could be harvested.

The San Luis Obispo District Attorney filed felony charges on July 30 against Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, who is accused of abusing a dependent adult and using controlled substances without a legitimate medical reason. The criminal charges arose from the case of Ruben Navarro, a 25-year-old disabled man who died at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 4, about nine hours after being taken off a respirator and receiving massive doses of morphine and the tranquilizer Ativan.

Read the rest of the story here: California Catholic Daily

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