Dr. George Daviglus

Dr. George Daviglus convicted of aggravated manslaughter

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Published: 27 July 2017

Posted by: Russell M. Reid

On Sunday, Dr. George Daviglus surrendered to the police. He is facing aggravated manslaughter now. The Broward doctor has been linked to the deaths of a woman and her grandson. The Broward Sherriff’s Office booked him at the Broward Main Jail. But he was released on a $20,000 bond, according to Dani Moschella (spokeswoman).
The 81 year old doctor and a 51 year old employee, Lance Bark both face charges. The two people who died were Vicenza Pesce (62 years old) and Francesco Martinisi (4 years old). They died in Lauderdale By The Sea a hyperbaric chamber fire in 2009. They had come to get Martinisi’s cerebral palsy treated. The center used to be called the Ocean Hyperbaric Neurologic Center, but is now called Neubauer Hyperbaric Neurologic Center. They were stuck inside the chamber when it caught fire and later succumbed to their burns. The fire had been started because of static electricity present inside the chamber. It took two minutes to free them, and by then they had been engulfed by flames and it was too late to do anything.
Dr. Daviglus was the one who had been running the place since 1988. Bark was later released. Both had been called grossly negligent when it came to the maintenance of the center. The BSO said that the two of them were incompetent and were not able to monitor the boy and his grandmother when they were inside the chamber. Daviglus was initially sentenced to two years of house arrest, put on a probationary period of ten years. He was also ordered to pay a prosecution cost of $47,000. Both pleaded guilty.
It was found that the chamber had been faulty for about a month. The pressurized chamber contained pure oxygen. This caused a spark to go off when the buildup of static electricity became too much. A fire started immediately. Pesce banged on the door for about 5 minutes to get someone’s attention. Apparently, Bark was in the bathroom when all this took place. By the time anyone noticed and depressurized the chamber, the victims had sustained second and third degree burns over 90% of their body. Daviglus and Bark had not followed National Fire Protection Association rules.

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