Doctor Pleads Not Guilty In Transplant Case

A transplant surgeon pleaded not guilty today to two felonies in a failed attempt to recover a disabled man's organs who later died.

Prosecutors accused Hootan Roozrokh of San Francisco of ordering
massive doses of drugs to speed 25-year-old Ruben Navarro's death
last year.

Roozrokh faced three felonies including dependent-adult abuse, administering a harmful substance and unlawful prescribing of a controlled substance.

In San Luis Obispo County Superior Court today, Roozrokh's attorney, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, sought to dismiss the second charge.

An October 29th hearing was set to resolve the issue.

Navarro, who was born with a debilitating neurological disease, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center last winter after suffering cardiac arrest.

He was taken off the ventilator and prepared for organ donation, but his kidneys and liver were never harvested because he did not die within the time frame when his organs would be viable.

Prosecutors said Roozrokh ordered excessive doses of morphine and a sedative to Navarro.

Schwartzbach has maintained his client did nothing wrong.

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