Portland, April 4: The parents of a 3-year-old boy who died after surgery here in 1999 are suing an Indian-origin surgeon who is facing possible manslaughter charges in Australia for alleged botched operations there. Jayant Patel, an American citizen born in India, left Australia about a year ago as accusations against him there arose. Before he worked in Australia, Mr Patel worked as a surgeon in Oregon and before that in New York State.
Mr Patel has faced previous lawsuits for alleged botched operations. The latest one names him in the death of Ian McClellan on February 14, 1999. The lawsuit seeks $1.5 million, claiming wrongful death and malpractice. Also named in the lawsuit as defendants are Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners. According to court documents, the boy died shortly after Mr Patel performed abdominal surgery on him at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, a branch of Oregon Health & Science University.
Mr Patel moved to Portland and was hired by Kaiser Permanente Northwest in 1989, about five years after New York State medical authorities disciplined him for negligence. Lawsuit accuses Kaiser of failing to investigate Mr Patel’s background, which, it says, led to Oregon’s giving him an unrestricted license. Kaiser filed court papers denying all wrongdoing, claiming the statute of limitations had expired and the allegations would not support claims of malpractice