Expert witness Dr. Douglas Zusman testified this week in the wrongful-death suit filed by John Ritter’s family. The cardiology expert witness said Ritter had a ‘lethal’ tear of the aorta. Zusman testified that Ritter was too far gone for the emergency surgery performed the night he died. Zusman has performed 8,000 surgeries on the aorta and described the procedure to repair a torn aorta, aortic dissection, as long and difficult.
Ledger.com reports that the lawsuit was filed against two doctors involved in the actor’s care, Dr. Joseph Lee, the cardiologist who treated him that night, and Dr. Matthew Lotysch, a radiologist who performed a body scan on Ritter two years earlier and allegedly did not discover an enlarged aorta.