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Macchiarini prosecuted probably for two patient deaths
Macchiarini prosecuted probably for two patient deaths

the Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini likely to be brought to justice.

Prosecutors do not spend a year investigating whether a preliminary investigation shall be resumed or not only to once again throw the work in the trash.

Three people died after the previously esteemed surgeon during the years 2011-2012 devoted himself to experimental and untested surgeries at Karolinska university hospital and switched out their trachea against the synthetic parts.

A scandal that, to some extent, disappeared in the jumble of the investigations on research misconduct, accusations of incompetence to the right and left and kicked to the principal who then followed.

Mikael Björk, the superior prosecutor, a man with a gentle voice and restrained göteborgsdialekt, called today to a press conference at a large hotel in Stockholm and announced a decision for this tragedy back to its origins.

For a little over a year ago decided prosecutors to put down förundersökningarna on the three deceased patients, and a surgery on a man who survived but suffered serious complications. Relatives not satisfied with the decision and requested review of the decision.

So what had the superior prosecutor Birch to tell you?

A lot of it turned out. As to the investigations if the patient survived, and one of the deceased was not resumed. In the former case, for operation in accordance with science and proven method that, in the latter to an autopsy never was, and crime is thus difficult to prove.

Reporters from the major media houses nodded and jotted and tv cameras immortalised the lågmälde the prosecutor's pedagogical reasoning.

In the case of a Turkish girl and an icelandic man resumed the investigation.

Why? It thought the Birch soon to tell, but first he wanted to explain how complex the work has been. 50 000 pages spent on the investigation take their time to push through. And it is not faster that a lot of the material is written on the läkarlingo. ”Some of the pages I had to read two, three times to understand”.

the Reporters nodded and jotted down.

The reopening of the investigations can be classified as serious involuntary manslaughter and gross negligence to the injury. The prosecutors, they are going to be three in number, have decided to primarily investigate the latter hypothesis.

It is probably wise, as it was difficult sick patients was operated on and it will not be very easy to lead in evidence that it was Macchiarini which caused their death.

the Decision means the director of public prosecutions running of the public prosecutor, which laid down the investigation.

of course, It is a bit touchy, not least given that they spend a lot of time on the investigation and declared their decision to the journalists from all over the world.

Björk tried to get us to understand that prosecutors have done an excellent job, but that he did not share their conclusions. In particular, he shared their idea of an indicative judgment of the Supreme court, which they leaned against.

the Reporters nodded and jotted down. Then it was time for the q & a: Should more people be interviewed? Have you had the same also used in the search as the previous prosecutors? How long will it take?

Prosecutors responded patiently, He can not say who shall be heard, yes, he has had access to the same utredningsmaterial, towards the summer, it is probably time to take a position on the Macchiarini shall be communicated to the suspicion or not.

And only after a possible questioning of the suspect it is possible to take a position on whether prosecution should be instituted or not.

I began this text with the to speculate that the surgeon will be prosecuted. Sticking his chin out in that way is fraught with risk, and I will look like an idiot if the matter was once again put down.

But I find it very difficult to see how a prosecutor, after having put all this work should be to bring him to justice.

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