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Doctor Accused of Poisoning Patients in Texas by Injecting Dangerous Drugs into IV Bags

A Texas doctor, Dr. Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr., was found guilty of injecting heart-stopping poison intravenously at his former clinic in north Dallas. FOX 4 in Dallas reported that a 12-person jury found Ortiz guilty on all 10 counts after nearly seven hours of deliberation. As a result of Ortiz’s actions, several patients suffered cardiac emergencies and Dr. Melanie Kaspar died after using one of the IV bags, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors revealed that the anesthesiologist committed the shocking crimes at Baylor Scott and White Surgicare North Dallas in retaliation for a medical misconduct investigation. A criminal complaint accused Ortiz of injecting nerve blockers and bronchodilator medications into the patient’s IV bags.

Surveillance video showed the doctor placing an IV bag on a stainless steel heater outside an operating room on August 19, 2022. Minutes later, another employee took the bag and shortly after, a patient reportedly suffered a heart attack. Ortiz’s colleague, beloved anesthesiologist Melanie Kaspar, took home a contaminated IV bag on June 21 to rehydrate due to illness.

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