Rand has had a lot of evil around him and has a career of malfeasance.
In 1978, Southeast San Diego resident Pamela Battle was eight months pregnant and heavily bleeding. She called Rand, her obstetrician, for help, but he told her to go back to sleep. The bleeding didn’t stop so she rushed to Sharp Hospital. Doctors wanted to do a Cesarean section. But when Rand arrived, he argued against the procedure. Because of the delay, the baby, Terry, suffered severe oxygen deprivation during the birth, leaving him severely handicapped for life. Terry Battle never developed beyond the mental level of a one-year-old; as a teen, he weighed 100 pounds and was still in diapers.
In San Diego Superior Court, Battle’s attorneys won a $31 million judgment, payable over ten years or, as an alternative, in an immediate single payout of $4 million. But Rand had let his malpractice insurance lapse, and after the verdict, he declared bankruptcy. In the end, the Battle family received nothing. According to a November 30, 1991 story in the Union-Tribune, the Battles lived in “a one-bedroom Chollas View home.” Meanwhile, Rand lived in a downtown San Diego high-rise.
Rand had many problems with abortions. In 1988, his failure to completely remove a fetus resulted in a uterine infection that, in turn, required the woman to undergo a hysterectomy. In 1990, a woman delivered a dead fetus in her home after Rand said he had performed an abortion, and that year he also perforated the uterus of another woman during an abortion.
In August 2004, Rand performed an abortion at 20 weeks on a woman named Angela without giving her adequate anesthesia. Using suction, he quickly finished the procedure. He drove away but was called within the hour: the woman was bleeding profusely. He told the staff at Bugarin’s Santa Ana clinic to call 911. The attending paramedic stated in a signed declaration that when he arrived he found Angela bleeding in the clinic’s “recovery room,” a mattress on the floor. A medical board–appointed doctor who helped investigate the case called Rand’s action “barbaric.” In the end, Angela did recover.
Rand was charged with gross negligence, incompetence, dishonest acts, and prescribing a controlled substance to another patient, a drug addict. The deputy attorney general who sought the suspension of Rand’s license said, “He continues to place unsuspecting females at risk because of his diminished medical skills and his reckless disregard for their safety.” Six weeks after Angela’s abortion, as an interim measure, the medical board suspended Rand’s license “immediately,” concerned that “serious injury will result to the public” before the hearing could be held. At the hearing the following April, Rand was ordered to surrender his license.
April 14, 2013