Disgraced doctor Robert Levy, right, killed three patients by misdiagnosing their illnesses while drunk (Picture: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)
A US Air Force veteran died after a drunk doctor diagnosed him with the wrong type of cancer. The unnamed vet was killed after Robert Levy, 54, drunkenly misdiagnosed him in 2014, resulting in the patient being given the wrong treatment for five months, before succumbing to the cancer Levy had missed.
Two other patients also died as a result of Levy’s misdiagnoses, with further details of their cases not shared in court. The crooked doctor, whose role involved examining test results to identify illnesses, was found to have made mistakes in 3,029 of his 33,902 cases.
That is an error rate of 8.9% – more than 10 times the 0.7% average among doctors in general. Levy, who earned $225,000-a-year was likened to ‘a fox guarding the hen house’ at sentencing hearing on Thursday, with jurors also told of multiple lies he fabricated to cover his blunders.
Levy, who worked at the Veterans Health Care Center in Fayetteville, lied on medical records about the Air Force vet to falsely claim a colleague had agreed with him about the doomed man’s lab results.
Levy faces 28 years in jail, and $500,000 in fines (Picture: Washington County Jail)
And he also dodged blood and urine tests he was ordered to take after being caught drunk at work in 2016, two years after the deadly misdiagnosis. He was found with a blood alcohol level of 0.39 – close to the amount that would leave an irregular drinker comatose.
After being caught drunk, Levy changed his tactics in February 2017, buying a drug called 2m-2b that would get him intoxicated, but not show up in regular blood or urine tests. He ended up buying 2m-2b 12 times, and passed 42 blood and urine tests while taking the substance.
Levy admitted fraud over his drug lies, and faces a total of 28 years in jail, as well as $500,000 in fines for his crimes, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
His sentencing hearing continues on Friday.
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