An American doctor faces charges of negligence and manslaughter in 13 patient deaths in an Australian hospital, AP reports. Dr. Jayant Patel, former head of surgery in a state-run Queensland hospital, failed to disclose disciplinary measures taken against him by medical boards in both New York and Oregon. Patel faces a life sentence if convicted of the charges against him, which include three counts of manslaughter.
The "unacceptable level of care" on Patel's watch contributed directly to patient deaths, according to government documents. In one case, a woman's surgical wound fell apart, exposing her intestines. In another, a major blood vessel to a man's heart was cut during a basic procedure, causing him to bleed to death, according to authorities. Patel was extradited from his Oregon home for the hearings in Australia.