Stem-cell doctor Grekos should lose license, pay heavy fines, costs, state recommends

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Zannos Grekos

Bonita Springs cardiologist Zannos Grekos should lose his license because he committed medical malpractice in performing an unscientific stem cell procedure on a patient who died, according to new case filings.

State Department of Health attorneys also recommend that a judge fine Grekos the maximum $40,000 and order him to pay expenses to investigate and prosecute him, according to the states recommended order to the judge.

The state costs to date are $200,222, according to Department of Health spokeswoman Ashley Carr.

The case involves Grekos' unorthodox stem-cell therapy on 69-year-old Domenica Fitzgerald in 2010, who suffered a stroke and was taken off life support. She died April 4, 2010.

John Fitzgerald, the victim's husband, pointed out Wednesday that the three-year anniversary of his wife's death is approaching.

"I'm worn out," he said. "I want some closure. My family wants closure."

Still, he said the state's two prosecutors have worked hard, and he had been told that $200,000 had been spent so far on the case.

"I know the system is slow," he said. "It seems to be working."

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