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First Trial against an American Surgeon for Killing a Patient to Harvest Organs Begins
LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/6/08 | Jonquil Frankham

Posted on 11/06/2008 4:07:31 PM PST by wagglebee

CALIFORNIA, November 6, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A San Francisco surgeon is undergoing trial for allegedly hastening the death of a terminally ill patient to harvest his vital organs.

The case against Hootan Roozrokh is believed to be the first of its kind brought against an American transplant surgeon.

Rosa Navarro, the patient’s mother, successfully filed suit against the hospital where the patient died and received $250,000 in compensation. Now the District Attorney’s office is pressing charges against the 34-year-old surgeon for “dependent adult abuse, administering a harmful substance and prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.”

Roozrokh is also being charged with giving the 25-year old Ruben Navarro an antiseptic called Betadine, normally administered to an organ donor after death, via feeding tube to the stomach. Some commentators suggest the antiseptic was ultimately responsible for the patient’s death.

Roozrokh attempted to induce what is known as “cardiac death,” a new criteria for determining “death,” by delivering abnormally high doses of painkillers in order to retrieve vital organs from Ruben Navarro. “Cardiac death” is distinct from “brain death,” an older criterion for determining death that requires a cessation of all brain function prior to harvesting vital organs.

Toronto physician and LifeSiteNews medical adviser Dr. John Shea, MD, FRCP (C), says that in order to determine if a patient meets the “cardiac death” criteria the patient’s respirator is removed while the heart is still beating.

“If the heart stopped beating within an hour, the surgeon waited two to five minutes before taking out the organs. If the heart had not stopped beating within an hour, the patient would be returned to a hospital bed to die without any further treatment,” writes Dr. Shea.

On January 29, 2006, Ruben Navarro stopped breathing on his own, and was put on a respirator. On February 3 he still had not recovered consciousness, though his mother claimed she saw “signs of recovery.”

Medical staff then removed Navarro to the operating room and withdrew his respirator, claiming that hospital policy required them to “pull the plug” after five days on life support without patient recovery. Navarro continued to live, however, and Dr. Roozrokh, is reported to have then told nurses, “Let's just give him some more candy.” The patient was given high doses of morphine and Ativan to hasten death.

Navarro’s heart continued to beat, and after one hour his organs were no longer considered useable. He was removed from the operating room and died several hours later.

Besides the ambiguity surrounding the actual moment of death, Dr. Shea writes that harvesting organs at either the point of brain death or cardiac death creates a conflict of interest on the part of the attending physician and fosters a “utilitarian” approach to life and death.

According to California state law, in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, transplant surgeons cannot direct the care of potential donors while the patient is still in treatment. In this case, however, sources have reported to police that, contrary to that requirement, Dr. Roozrokh was directing the administration of drugs to Mr. Navarro while in the operating room.

Writing about the “utilitarian rationale” behind the invention of the “brain death” criterion, Shea says that “it was no longer the interest of the dying to avoid being declared ‘dead’ prematurely, but the community’s interest in declaring a dying person dead as soon as possible.” Shea’s criticisms would also apply to the “cardiac death” criterion.

The utilitarian approach to life and death that is increasingly pervading the organ donation industry is obvious from an article published this October by two Oxford scholars, which suggests that, rather than ensuring that brain death and cardiac death are indeed true death, “we could abandon the dead donor rule," as LifeSiteNews reported.

“We could for example, allow organs to be taken from people who are not brain dead, but who have suffered such severe injury that they would be permanently unconscious, like Terry Schiavo, who would be allowed to die anyway by removal of their medical treatment," wrote Julian Savulescu, the Uehiro Chair of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and neonatologist and Oxford graduate student Dominic Wilkinson

Bioethics International writes that the Roozrokh case “is likely to raise uneasiness among potential organ donors and could prompt doctors to shy away from a somewhat controversial practice of retrieving organs before a patient is brain dead.”

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Shock: Oxford Neonatologist Says Time Has Come to Consider “Mandatory Organ Donation”
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/oct/08102413.html

Organ Transplant Doctor Investigated in Non-Heart Beating Donation Case
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/mar/07030903.html

Mother Alleges Doctor Murdered Her Handicapped Son to Harvest His Organs
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/jul/07070603.html

Charges Brought against Transplant Doctor Accused of "Hastening" Patient's Death
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/aug/07080103.html


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bodybrokers; hootanroozrokh; immigration; moralabsolutes; organdonation; organharvesting; prolife; roozrokh
The utilitarian approach to life and death that is increasingly pervading the organ donation industry is obvious from an article published this October by two Oxford scholars, which suggests that, rather than ensuring that brain death and cardiac death are indeed true death, “we could abandon the dead donor rule," as LifeSiteNews reported.

If the culture of death gets its way, we will see perfectly healthy people being killed for "parts".

1 posted on 11/06/2008 4:07:31 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; Salvation; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 11/06/2008 4:08:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

A good reason NOT to be an organ-donor, and the primary one why I’m not.


3 posted on 11/06/2008 4:09:10 PM PST by ducdriver (Quantum potes tantum aude.)
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Moral Absolutes Ping!

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4 posted on 11/06/2008 4:09:17 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Nightshift; tutstar

read later


5 posted on 11/06/2008 4:09:57 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: wagglebee

I am incredibly suprised at this turn of events. /s


6 posted on 11/06/2008 4:10:27 PM PST by KittenClaws
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To: wagglebee

And it will not be a surprise to learn that this practice is more widespread than we now know.


7 posted on 11/06/2008 4:11:49 PM PST by ducdriver (Quantum potes tantum aude.)
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To: ducdriver

>A good reason NOT to be an organ-donor, and the primary one why I’m not.

You’re right. I _AM_ an organ donor, because I don’t think that I’ll be needing any of them after I’m dead; hearing something like this raises second-thoughts. The primary part of my proposition is AFTER I’m dead.


8 posted on 11/06/2008 4:15:42 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: wagglebee

That is sick. I wonder if the voters in Oregon and Washington know this.


9 posted on 11/06/2008 4:17:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: wagglebee

I wouldn’t be an organ donor, and this is the reason why.

What this doctor did was murder , there really isn’t any difference between hastening someone’s death by the administration of drugs or by plugging him full of lead.

There is a lot of social utility in making an example of this physician to deter other physicians from similar behavior.


10 posted on 11/06/2008 4:17:51 PM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: wagglebee

This is why I’m not an organ donor.


11 posted on 11/06/2008 4:20:53 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: wagglebee
Hootan Roozrokh? Our diversity is our strength!

Who would go to a muslim doctor in the first place? He probably still does blood letting and uses leeches.

12 posted on 11/06/2008 4:21:04 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Centurion2000

I wouldn’t WANT an organ if it came at the expense of someone’s life.


13 posted on 11/06/2008 4:24:24 PM PST by elk
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To: wagglebee
I don't understand the outrage. So what?

We murder in the most horrendous fashions possible 1.5 million babies every year. And unlike the above patient, we certainly don't give them any painkillers.

With the legions of slaughtered innocents surrounding the throne of God, I'm amazed he's allowed this earth to exist.

Lest some Freeper chastize me for being insensitive to Navarro, I think we need to be filled with outrage at it all.

Liberalism needs to be put to sleep like the dog it is.

14 posted on 11/06/2008 4:26:27 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: All
Pinged from Terri Dailies


15 posted on 11/06/2008 4:31:45 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I wouldn’t put anything past anyone in SanFransicko. They all deserve each other and whatever happens to them.


16 posted on 11/06/2008 4:38:57 PM PST by debboo (Stop socialism, vote conservative)
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To: wagglebee

This is already happening often, right under our noses.


17 posted on 11/06/2008 4:43:48 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: wagglebee
From a previous post...

I implore anyone foolish enough to have checked the little ‘organ donor’ box on their divers license to get a new one post haste (without the check, of course). There’s too much $ to be made in the used parts business to trust anybody anymore.

18 posted on 11/06/2008 4:52:23 PM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard)
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To: wagglebee

As an ICU nurse, I am advising everyone to NOT sign an organ donor card!

Leave that decision to your family for AFTER your death.

The temptation is too great for some transplant surgeons to TAKE your organs prematurely otherwise.


19 posted on 11/06/2008 4:58:40 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: ducdriver

Agree with you!


20 posted on 11/06/2008 4:58:50 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: ducdriver

You have NO idea....


21 posted on 11/06/2008 4:59:05 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: OneWingedShark

See # 19


22 posted on 11/06/2008 4:59:50 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: OneWingedShark

You all would be wise to remove tht from your license and allow your next of kin to give approval for organ donation after youdie instead of going in with a head injury or other accident and have someone OD you if you fit the profile of the organ they need.


23 posted on 11/06/2008 5:03:31 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: clee1

Thank you for the advice.


24 posted on 11/06/2008 5:33:07 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: chris_bdba

Indeed. Thank you.


25 posted on 11/06/2008 5:33:40 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: wagglebee

COMA


27 posted on 11/06/2008 5:54:49 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JDoutrider

ping


28 posted on 11/06/2008 6:00:57 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: wagglebee; Iowan; Liz; All

FR Keyword = Body Brokers

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/bodybrokers/index?tab=articles

Highlights, but more at keyword:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2075213/posts
Philadelphia undertakers admit selling corpses

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1987097/posts
What Happened to Kosovo Serbs Kidnapped by KLA? (Involuntary Organ Donors)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1998746/posts
Ex-chief UN war crimes prosecutor ‘gagged’ (organ harvesting/trafficking by Albanians/KLA)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1934101/posts
Embalmer Granted Separate NYC Trial in Body Parts Scandal

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1877394/posts
Mainland Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting in China

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1663483/posts
Team says China harvests Falun Gong organs(independent investigation)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1385103/posts
Praise Uncle Sam and pass the 18p an hour

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1650838/posts
New Jersey Looking to Harvest More Organs by Easing “Brain Death” Criteria

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1571528/posts
N.J. Firm Closed Amid Body Parts Probe

http://blog.newyorkcitycommunity.us/2008/06/05/are-you-dead-yet.aspx
Are You Dead Yet?


29 posted on 11/06/2008 6:37:47 PM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: ducdriver

bump


30 posted on 11/06/2008 6:38:56 PM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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COMA with billings to Medicare and Medicaid


31 posted on 11/06/2008 6:40:25 PM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Slump Tester

> Hootan Roozrokh

This is actually not a typical Muslim name; not that this probably matters much to you.


32 posted on 11/06/2008 6:47:07 PM PST by mbj (Citizen of the United States of America)
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To: B4Ranch
Thanx for the ping...

I saw the beginning of this when I was exiting the medical arts. Even then, the potential for abuse existed... back in the mid seventies. Thankfully there wasn't anything like this abuse til after I left.

My med profile doesn't allow me to be a donor, wouldn't be even if I could knowing today's shenanigans!

33 posted on 11/06/2008 10:13:11 PM PST by JDoutrider (Heading to my campsite at Galt's Gulch... Thanks America, been nice knowing ya!)
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To: JDoutrider
In my entire life I have only met two MD’s that I truly admired. Now veterinarians, I know three of them that are way above the norm.
34 posted on 11/07/2008 7:38:20 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
Our ER serviced around 700 PMD's in the area. As a group, from observing their response to the issues presented, we figured less than 5% were worth their salt... and less of that would we ever allow to work with ourselves, or our families.

That's a fact...

35 posted on 11/07/2008 8:14:19 AM PST by JDoutrider (Heading to my campsite at Galt's Gulch... Thanks America, been nice knowing ya!)
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To: wagglebee

Pro-Life bump


36 posted on 11/20/2008 1:39:16 AM PST by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
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