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Patients try to get records from suspended Plano doctor

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Patients trying to get their medical records from a suspended Plano doctor came up empty handed on Tuesday.

Dr. Christopher Duntsch had his medical license suspended last week by the State of Texas for negligence. In one case, he left a sponge in a patient's neck, causing massive infections.

"The hole in his esophagus was not discovered until he was leaking puss and saliva out of his surgical wound," Kay Van Wey, an attorney for one of Dr. Duntsch's patients, said.

Patients got a call from Duntsch's staff telling them they could get their medical records on Tuesday between 4 and 5 p.m., but no one showed up.

One patient finally got a hold of a staff member, who said they wouldn't show up because FOX4 cameras were there and the staff wanted an attorney present.

"I just want to get my records, and go on and be done with him," Carol McMellan, a former patient, said.

The Texas Medical Board suspended Duntsch's license due to "imminent peril to the public health" and cited impairment by drugs or alcohol.

The board cited four cases in the notice of suspension, two of which resulted in death.

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