AZ doc investigated for botched surgeries dies

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 23:31:28-05

A Valley doctor investigated for botched plastic surgeries suddenly dies. Now, disfigured patients are asking, now what?

Doctor William Leighton passed away earlier this December. Nearly 20 patients have come forward saying their surgeries ruined their appearance.

They wanted to doctor to eventually be held accountable. Several filed complaints with the state's medical board. It did investigate but in some cases, dismissed the claims. Now with the doctor dead, they're calling on Governor Doug Ducey to investigate the board. "

The board is pretty much useless," says Amy Ashcroft who had breast surgery with Dr. Leighton. "The board needs to be, I feel like they need to be disbanded. They need serious supervision."

ABC15 went to the governor's office for answers.

His spokesperson released this statement: 

"Governor Ducey takes the safety of Arizonans incredibly seriously, and he believes there must be proper oversight of physicians in our state. There also needs to be greater accountability with boards and commissions, which is why the governor has called for an audit of board activities. Our office will be looking at this issue very closely."