Antifreeze and the Woman Scorned?

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We all know the line, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”  Authorities are attempting to determine if this was the case when a Houston oncologist drank coffee containing antifreeze, nearly causing his death.

A prominent Houston oncologist has been accused of attempting to murder a colleague.  Authorities believe Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 42, served coffee laced with ethylene glycol to fellow oncologist Dr. George Blumenschein in her home on January 27th.  They had been dating, and were said to be having “casual sex.”

Blumenschein preferred his coffee black.  When he tasted it, he asked her why it tasted sweet.  When he asked for a fresh cup Gonzalez-Angulo allegedly told him to finish the first cup, and she would give him another.  The second cup tasted just as sweet.

Tests revealed that the amount of ethylene glycol he consumed could have been fatal, KTRK-TV reported.  He had to undergo dialysis, and remains under doctor’s care.

About four hours after drinking the coffee Blumenschein began to experience slurred speech, poor balance and loss of fine motor skills.  16 hours of observation and tests revealed central nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications and renal failure.

A 24-hour urine test found crystals consistent with ethylene glycol poisoning, according to the complaint. It also said a county toxicologist concurred with the assessment.

Blumenschein and Gonzalez-Angulo both worked at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Gonzalez-Angulo’s attorney Derek Hollingsworth said she was “completely innocent.”

“She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life,” Hollingsworth said in a statement.

She was charged last week with aggravated assault, and is presently out on $50,000 bail.  She is on paid administrative leave from M.D. Anderson.

Hollingsworth said he has met several times with members of the Harris County District Attorney’s office, who is prosecuting the case, and they assured him “they are going to take a fresh look at this case.”

“We will continue to completely cooperate with them,” he said. “I am comfortable that ultimately, they will do the right thing.”

She is due in Harris County District Court on July 10 to be arraigned in the case of “antifreeze and the woman scorned.”

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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