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Doctor of incapacitated woman who gave birth can practice

Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 21:25:18-04

PHOENIX — PHOENIX (AP) -- A doctor who cared for an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care facility can resume practicing medicine.

The Arizona Medical Board narrowly approved the dismissal Monday of a complaint against Dr. Thanh Nguyen. Nguyen was the woman's primary care doctor between September 2018 and the Dec. 29 birth.

In a notice of claim against the state, the woman's attorney alleged Nguyen missed several signs of pregnancy.

Nguyen told the board that there was no obvious indication. The woman's attorney, John Micheaels, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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In January 2019, Hacienda announced that Nguyen and another doctor would no longer be providing medical services to patients at their facilities.

The State of Arizona's Healthcare Cost System (AHCCCS) previously released a Notice of Suspension against Nguyen.

The document states, Dr. Thanh Nguyen was suspended because they believe one or more patients would be endangered if left in Nguyen's care. The Notice also states the doctor failed to comply with federal or state laws or regulations.

Authorities say Nathan Sutherland, a male nurse, raped the 30-year-old woman. He has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult. His trial is scheduled for February.