Australia’s ‘Doctor Death’ convicted

A US surgeon, dubbed “Doctor
Death” by Australian media, has been found guilty of the manslaughter of
three patients in his care in Australia.

Jayant Patel, an Indian-born US
citizen, worked at a Queensland hospital between 2003 and 2005.

He was also convicted of grievous
bodily harm against a fourth patient. Patel will be sentenced on Thursday.

Before arriving in Australia, Patel
had been banned from conducting surgery in the US states of New York and
Oregon.

The 12-man jury at the Brisbane
Supreme Court reached their decision after about 50 hours of deliberation.

During the 14-week trial, the court
heard that Patel had botched operations, misdiagnosed patients, removed healthy
organs and used sloppy surgical techniques during his time at Bundaberg Base
Hospital.

Nurses used to hide patients from
him, because of their concerns about the quality of his work, the court heard.

One of his patients died having had
his bowel removed unnecessarily.

Patel had pleaded not guilty to the
manslaughter of Gerry Kemps, James Phillips, and Mervyn Morris, and causing
grievous bodily harm to Ian Vowles.

Prosecutors argued that Patel’s
operations were well below the standard of a competent surgeon.

The 60-year-old’s defence team
claimed throughout the trial that he acted in the interests of his patients.

His wife left the court in tears as
her husband was led from the dock to the cells, Australian media reported.

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