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A Texas doctor has been suspended and federal officials are investigating him after several patients suffered serious heart complications and one died, the Texas Medical Board said.

The board concluded that if Dr. Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr. continued to practice medicine, he would pose a threat to public health and safety.

On Sept. 8, board staff learned from federal law enforcement that Ortiz was part of an investigation into serious heart complications and the death of a patient, the board said in a news release.

Based on a temporary suspension order issued by the board, the patient died while Ortiz worked at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas from May to September 2022.

According to the suspension documents, Ortiz was captured on surveillance footage at Baylor Scott & White putting single IV bags into a water heater in a hallway outside the operating rooms. Shortly after, a patient suffered a serious complication.

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