PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The doctor at the center of the Hacienda Healthcare scandal can practice medicine again.
The AZ Medical Board narrowly voted 5-4 to dismiss Dr. Thanh Nguyen’s case Monday morning.
Dr. Nguyen was the primary care doctor at Hacienda for the patient who was raped by a facility nurse then gave birth in December, with nobody ever diagnosing the pregnancy.
Nguyen’s medical license was suspended with AHCCCS back in January.
He spoke in front of the medical board at the meeting, which was the first time he has ever spoken about the case.
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“Pregnancy was inconceivable and not suspected by anybody that took care of her, including up to the day before delivery," he told the board. "She was in a vegetative state on a ventilator with no way to communicate.
Nguyen told the board his patient was 125 pounds with a flat stomach, and there were no obvious signs of pregnancy.
He said before this recent media coverage he had never been investigated or suspended.
“I was truly shocked and upset when I heard that my patient was sexually assaulted. This was a horrendous event," Dr. Nguyen said.
The board discussed his case in great length, bringing up major concerns of medical records.
The board specifically noted concerns that Dr. Nguyen copied and pasted notes, concerns about how long it took the doctor to order exams for the patient/victim, and a general delay in examination and care.
Dr. Nguyen told the board, since this issue, he’s done 22 extra hours of education in medical record keeping.
His initiative to get the extra education was a reason several board members voted to dismiss the case.
Arizona’s Family tried to speak with Dr. Nguyen after he addressed the board, but he ran away and did not answer questions.
The family attorney for the victim said they have no comment on the Monday ruling, but in their notice of claim sent to the state in June, they said Hacienda missed 83 opportunities to diagnose the pregnancy, and slam Dr. Nguyen for prescribing the victim weight loss and constipation medications.