Dr. Jayant Patel is going to be extradited from the United States to Australia on charges of manslaughter for the deaths of three of his patients. The doctor is now asking to be freed for the weeks before the extradition occurs in order to see a cardiologist, attend religious services, and organize documents for his defense; a judge has not yet ruled on his request but may do so today. Patel has faced accusations of medical mistakes for most of his career, starting with his residency and running throughout his tenure as a surgeon at a hospital. The charges are criminal, stemming from a stay at a hospital in Australia. U.S. prosecutors allege medical errors such as failing to stop internal bleeding in a patient who later died, removing a healthy gland instead of a cancerous one, and tearing a patient’s esophagus. There is no word yet whether the families of the deceased patients will file wrongful death lawsuits for the doctor’s alleged medical malpractice.
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