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Doctor's license revoked after botched abortion

10:31 AM, Apr 12, 2010   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus.

Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine's decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide.

Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect.

The 50-year-old doctor had never performed the procedure before, but said he didn't like to tell patients "no."

Kachinas represented himself before the board and in a previous hearing, Health News Florida reported. He spent most of his time arguing two less serious allegations, admitting in the twin case he "screwed up."

 

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