Surgeon Investigated

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Another medical negligence complaint has
been filed against a surgeon who made international headlines after
performing a risky operation in 2006 that left a Russian teen brain dead.

Counting the latest March 12 filing in Oklahoma County District Court, Oklahoma City surgeon Paul Francel has now been named as a defendant in 14 medical negligence complaints and one wrongful death complaint since June 2007.

Francel has already agreed not to practice medicine while under
investigation by state medical officials. His attorney did not return a call for comment.

Officials at the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision will not say if their investigation stems from the 16-year-old Russian boy's death or other matters.

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