Kaiser Doc On Trial in Gruesome Organ Harvest Case

Two years after Kaiser Permanente transplant surgeon Hootan Roozrokh allegedly tried to kill a patient in order to harvest his organs, the doctor is finally about to face his accusers in court. In 2006, San Luis Obisbo resident Ruben Navarro was languishing in a coma, and doctors determined that although was not brain dead, his brain had suffered irreversible damage. The Oakland-based California Transplant Donor Network flew Roozrokh and his support team down south, where he prepared to salvage the patient’s organs. But when the patient kept lingering on the edge of death, prosecutors alleged, Roozrokh ordered his nurse to administer lethal doses of morphine in order to finish him off. “Let’s just give him some more candy,” he said, according to an account in the LA Times.

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