Medical staff at the Patilla hospital in Panama City are reported to have refused to allow a United States medical team to assist in any operation on the deposed Shah of Iran.
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CU Panamanian lawyer, Juan Materno Vasquez
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Background: Medical staff at the Patilla hospital in Panama City are reported to have refused to allow a United States medical team to assist in any operation on the deposed Shah of Iran. The reports say doctors at the private hospital told members of the former Shah's staff there were competent medical personnel in Panama fully qualified to assist an American surgeon carry out an operation.
SYNOPSIS: The Patilla medical centre, a private hospital and the most expensive in Panama. American heart surgeon, Michael Debakey, will soon fly to Panama to examine the Shah to determine whether his enlarged spleen should be removed. The hospital's refusal to allow an American team to assist in an operation came after an early report that the hospital had no room available for the Shah.
Panamanian lawyer, Juan Materno Vasquez, represents Iran in the case for the Shah's extradition. He says he has documentary proof of the Shah's misappropriation of money and his responsibility for torture and executions. So far only an essentially informal request for the extradition of the Shah has been made by Iran but Vasquez says there is no hurry to formally demand extradition but promises it will be requested.