Mass. Eye and Ear boss ‘privileged to know’ slain doc – Boston Herald

Chief anesthesiologist Dr. Sunil Eappen of Massachusetts Eye and Ear — himself once at the center of a high-profile tragedy — recalled his slain co-worker Dr. Lina Bolanos yesterday.

Bolanos and her fiance, Dr. Richard Stephen Field, were both found killed Friday night in their South Boston penthouse, after police engaged a convicted bank robber in a shootout there.

Eappen is the father of toddler Matthew Eappen, who died in a high-profile shaken baby case in 1997 in which his nanny, Louise Woodward, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Eappen said in a statement yesterday, “I was privileged to know and work with Lina over the course of the last decade or so. We first met when she was a young researcher. It was a privilege to be one of her mentors. We have worked together since 2011, except for a short break when she moved to Texas for a few months. In that time, I watched her mature and blossom from a young medical school graduate to a fabulous experienced pediatric anesthesiologist.

“Lina personified the ideal traits of a pediatric anesthesiologist, combining excellent skill with great compassion. She was warm and caring with both parents and the children she treated, creating a sense of calm even while managing the most stressful of cases. And she was the type of colleague that people were drawn to, with close personal friendships spanning the entire Mass. Eye and Ear community — people she worked with every day — from surgeons to nurses and administrative staff.

“Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her. It is desperately hard for all of us to fathom that our friend who never failed to brighten our days is no longer with us,” Eappen said.

Arraignment plans for suspect Bampumim Teixeira are expected to be announced today, officials said.

Teixeira, 30, of Chelsea, remained hospitalized yesterday with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds from the shootout with Boston police Friday night inside the luxurious $2 million home of Field and Bolanos in the Macallen Building on Dorchester Avenue. If he’s well enough, Teixeira could go before a judge in South Boston District Court today or be arraigned in his hospital bed.

“The court will make that determination with input from medical professionals,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

As of last night, police had still not announced what charges Teixeira faces, nor were they officially commenting on exactly what happened to Field, 49, and Bolanos, 38 — or why they believe the three may have known each other.

The couple’s families and friends, as well as colleagues of Field at North Shore Pain Management in Beverly and of Bolanos at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, did not respond to requests for comment.

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