Cape Cod district attorney Michael O’Keefe is pushing for the criminal indictment of Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, after an abortion he performed resulted in death. The doctor allegedly failed to monitor his 22-year-old patient after putting her under anesthesia and then hesitated to resuscitate the young woman after she stopped breathing.
Doctors do not typically face criminal charges when their patients suffer injuries due to medical negligence. However, an indictment was handed down after an investigation by police and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine found Osathanondh’s conduct to be “willful, wanton, and reckless.” The terms willful, wanton and reckless establish criminal intent.
During a state investigation, Osathaliednondh lied about his action and the equipment he had available. “Suffice it to say, there was an inattention to the kinds of procedures of a lifesaving nature that one would expected in a place where an operation with anesthesia is being performed. There was nobody monitoring her, long enough to result in her death,” said O’Keefe to the Boston Globe.
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