Texas doctor is accused in intentional tampering to IV bags. The incident resulted in injuries to several patients and the death one.
Prosecutors are calling Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr. a “medical terrorist” after they say he contaminated the IV bags with pain medication that induced heart attacks at a surgical facility in Dallas.
Jack, 18, is one of the alleged victims. His family claims that he was having minor surgery to repair a sports-related injury in his nose, when his blood pressure and heart beat skyrocketed.
Jack’s grandfather, cardiologist Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter, says he was appalled to learn the accused is a fellow doctor.
“Horrified that a doctor would do this and a doctor who had the knowledge that what he was doing could cause catastrophic reactions,” Wohlgelernter said.
Authorities believe that Melanie Kasper, 55, was also killed by a contaminated IV bag. She was anesthesia specialist at the facility. She also knew Ortiz, who is an anesthesiologist.
Although no motive has been revealed, prosecutors claim Ortiz was angry that his medical license was temporarily suspended during a recent disciplinary proceeding.
According to reports, he may have affected as many as 11 patients by his alleged tampering.
“He’s a monster. He’s a psychopath. He’s a murderer,” Wohlgelernter said.
According to the hospital, after determining that an IV bag was potentially compromised, they stopped all operations and notified authorities. Ortiz’s attorney says he will plead not guilty.