A UAB doctor has died after he suffered a severe head injury while on vacation in Mexico.
William Thomas O'Byrne III, 54, was pronounced dead Wednesday at UAB Hospital where he had been on life support after he was flown back to the United States. O'Byrne was an anesthesiologist who specialized in critical care.
The Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed they were notified of a William O'Byrne's death at UAB Hospital following a reported assault in Mexico. Details about what led to the injury aren't clear. Friends say O'Byrne took a vacation with friends to Purerto Vallarta when he was severely beaten and left for dead in a ditch. His friends found him and got him to a hospital there before he could be returned to Birmingham.
That account hasn't been confirmed by American authorities. Law enforcement officials in Birmingham said they haven't been made aware of the incident. If any crime happened, the law enforcement jurisdiction also would be in Mexico. Inquiries to the U.S. Department of State were not immediately answered.
A spokeman at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said they are aware of the case and are working to gather more information for release.
O'Bryne, a Blount County native, graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1997. He most recently worked at UAB Hospital, where he was also an associate professor.