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12/3/07-Lufkin

U.S. Marshals: East Texas Doctor An International Fugitive

A British doctor wanted by authorities for nearly a decade is now behind bars after being found in an East Texas city. Doctor Priya Ramnath has been accused of manslaughter in Britain for an incident in 1998.  Authorities have been looking for the woman ever since and were finally able to arrest her in Lufkin on Friday.

U.S. Marshals walked into the Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, looking for international fugitive Dr. Priya Ramnath.

"This incident with the U.S. Marshals apparently relates to an event that occurred for Dr. Ramnath 10 or 11 years ago now in England," says Woodland Heights CEO, Lance Jones.

They say it was almost ten years ago in Great Britain, the doctor allegedly gave a lethal dose of adrenalin to a patient who was only supposed to have a bunion removed.

"Apparently and obviously that happened well before she arrived in Texas and certainly before she arrived at Woodland Heights," Jones continues.

The Woodland Heghts CEO says they had no knowledge of her prior record or that she had been wanted by U.S. Marshals for a decade now.

"Just not being there 10 or 11 years ago, I hate to even try to speculate on everything that's been involved," he says.

And, they say, they had no idea a family in Britain has been awaiting justice.  In 2004 the daughter of the patient killed told British media, "trying to bring her back to England to face the courts is the one thing that's kept us going."

Right now, though, Ramnath is behind bars in Angelina County, detained by U.S. Marshals, in the operating room just after she put a patient, they say, hopefully her last, under anesthesia. We've been told that patient is okay and the surgery was canceled after she was arrested.

Ranmath has been charged with Manslaughter, Contrary to Common Law.  She's a citizen of India, but was in the U.S. on a work visa. We've been told extradition may take place Tuesday.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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