A surgeon was charged Monday with prescribing excessive drugs to a disabled patient to hasten his death and harvest his organs for transplantation.
San Luis Obispo County prosecutors said physician Hootan Roozrokh, 33, of San Francisco, gave a harmful drug and prescribed excessive doses of morphine and an anti-anxiety drug to 26-year-old Ruben Navarro, who was born with a metabolic disorder. The district attorney's office said in a statement that the drugs were prescribed ''to accelerate Mr. Navarro's death in order to recover his organs."
Navarro, a patient at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, died in 2006. No organs were recovered because he did not die within the 30 minutes after being removed from life support.
Roozrokh faces up to eight years in state prison or up to one year in jail and a $20,000 fine as condition of probation. Roozrokh's lawyer, Gerald Schwartzbach, did not immediately comment. -- by the Associated Press