A Texas doctor with a disturbing history of domestic violence and animal cruelty has been arrested after contaminated IV bags caused the death of another doctor and serious complications in at least one patient.
Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz, Jr., 59, was taken into custody by the Dallas Police Department Wednesday in Plano, Texas, spokeswoman Kristin Lowman told Fox News Digital.
Lowman said the department is assisting the US Attorney’s Office in the investigation but declined to give further details.
This isn’t the Corvette-loving doctor’s first exposure to the criminal justice system. He was found guilty of shooting a neighbor’s dog with an air pistol in 2015 and accused of assaulting at least two women.
The Texas Medical Board stripped Ortiz of his license to practice on Sept. 9, hours after federal agencies shared information about their ongoing criminal investigation with the agency, records show.
The anesthetist was allegedly captured on surveillance footage pushing IV bags into a warmer in the hall outside Baylor Scott & White Surgicare’s operating rooms in North Dallas, according to a suspension order issued by the board.
“When he placed an IV bag in the warmer, one patient suffered a serious complication shortly thereafter,” the report said.
Ortiz’s colleague, beloved anesthetist Melanie Kaspar, took home a contaminated IV bag on June 21 to rehydrate due to an illness.
“She inserted the IV into her vein and almost immediately had a major cardiac event and died,” the order reads.
Kaspar was fatally poisoned with bupivacaine – a narcotic used to relieve pain during surgery, according to an autopsy.
The drug is intended to be injected into the spinal cord and causes “severe cardio- and neurotoxicity” and death if injected into the veins, according to Canada’s Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
Tests were performed on the remaining IV bags in the warmer. They had “visible tiny holes in the plastic wrap” and contained bupivacaine.
Fluids left in a used IV bag given to a healthy patient during routine surgery who suffered a serious heart attack contained similar drugs, according to the medical association.
“The continuation of the respondent’s medical activity represents a continuing threat to the common good,” the emergency order says.
Ortiz, who has practiced for 26 years, was placed under administrative supervision in August for a November 2020 incident.
A patient required CPR after Ortiz administered anesthesia, prompting the facility, the North Garland Surgery Center, to revoke its clinical privileges, board filings show.
In December 2014, Ortiz and his then-girlfriend, the mother of his child, got into an argument in front of their neighbor Roxanne Bogdan, and he was arrested for allegedly assaulting them.
The ex obtained a protective order against Ortiz, and Bogdan testified for her. According to prosecutors, he blamed the neighbors for the separation.
About four months later, in April 2015, Bogdan heard a “very loud sports car” pull into Ortiz’s driveway, then gunshots and her dog howling.
“She ran into her backyard and saw her dog’s chest covered in blood,” the court filing said. The puppy survived.
According to records, Ortiz has at least three Corvettes whose engines have a distinctive sound. Ortiz was found guilty at trial and sentenced to 25 days in prison and two years of community supervision.
According to a medical record, he has a “history of violence against women” – including a 1999 arrest for allegedly assaulting a spouse. In 2005, another friend obtained a protective order against him.
A spokesman for Baylor Scott & White Surgicare in North Dallas did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told other outlets that they had suspended operations at the medical facility and would be helping authorities with the investigation.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/texas-doctor-raynaldo-ortiz-jr-arrested-in-connection-to-iv-bags-that-left-colleague-melanie-kaspar-dead/ Texas doctor Raynaldo Ortiz Jr. was arrested in connection with IV bags where colleague Melanie Kaspar died