Friday, February 29, 2008

Doctor testifies in failed organ transplant case; says high dosage for patient unnecessary

Laura Lubarsky is the first person to testify in the preliminary hearing for the San Francisco transplant surgeon

From in California:
Ruben Navarro showed no signs of pain the night he was removed from a ventilator, the disabled man’s last attending physician testified Wednesday, and in her opinion did not need large amounts of painkillers and sedatives ordered by a San Francisco organ transplant surgeon.

Laura Lubarsky, a pulmonologist who has practiced for 12 years with Central Coast Chest Consultants, was the first witness to testify in Hootan Roozrokh’s preliminary hearing, which began Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Prosecutors charged Roozrokh in July with three felonies, alleging he attempted to hasten the death of the potential organ donor by ordering a nurse to give excessive amounts of medications. They also accused Roozrokh of injecting Betadine, a topical antiseptic, into Navarro’s feeding tube.

Roozrokh is charged with dependent adult abuse, unlawful prescribing of a controlled substance and administering a harmful substance, Betadine.

The 34-year-old pleaded not guilty. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to eight years in prison and a $20,000 fine. REad the full story.

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