Widower’s lawsuit says his wife died after surgery with former Jacksonville doctor at center of hundreds of malpractice claims

For months, the News4JAX I-TEAM has been investigating after hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Ascension St. Vincent’s and a former orthopedic surgeon, who is accused of botching surgeries. Lawsuits allege Dr. David Heekin was impaired by a progressive neurological condition that caused him to slur his speech and lose his balance, resulting in devastating injuries, and in one case, the death of a 70-year old patient undergoing a hip replacement. On Thursday, her widower sat down for his first TV interview with the I-TEAM.