Paolo Macchiarini: Italian surgeon convicted over windpipe transplants
An Italian surgeon has been convicted of harming sufferers when he carried out the world’s first stem-cell windpipe transplants.
Dr Paolo Macchiarini was discovered responsible of inflicting bodily hurt to a affected person and given a conditional sentence by a court docket in Sweden.
Prosecutors had been calling for a five-year jail sentence and argued that Macchiarini had “disregarded” his sufferers’ well being.
However the Solna District Court docket dominated he had not acted with premeditation and acquitted him of two different fees.
The stem-cell scientist was as soon as thought of a number one determine in regenerative drugs and made headlines in 2011 when he created the world’s first windpipe, partially produced from a affected person’s personal stem cells.
He was alleged to have operated inappropriately on three individuals between 2011 and 2014 at Sweden’s main hospital. All three sufferers — from Iceland, Turkey, and the US — later died.
Macchiarini was not accused of killing them and had denied any legal wrongdoing.
“There may be nothing to recommend that he was unaware that the operation would trigger extreme bodily hurt and lengthy and extreme struggling,” the court docket stated in an announcement.
“Subsequently, he shouldn’t be convicted of intentional assault, however of recklessly inflicting hurt.”
In December 2018, Sweden determined to reopen an investigation into the three trachea therapies carried out by Macchiarini.
The surgeon was dismissed from Stockholm’s prestigious Karolinska Institute in March 2016 for breaching medical ethics after being accused of falsifying his resume and misrepresenting his work.
In 2019, an Italian court docket additionally sentenced Macchiarini to 16 months in jail for forging paperwork and abuse of workplace.