Horrifying Coffee Poisoning Almost Kills Houston Doctor's Lover; Why Did Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo Spike Drink With Antifreeze? [PHOTOS]

By Noelle Chehab June 11, 2013 10:38 AM EDT
Houston doctor Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo was charged with using antifreeze in a coffee poisoning that left her lover nearly dead from kidney failure. (Photo: Reuters)
Houston doctor Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo was charged with using antifreeze in a coffee poisoning that left her lover nearly dead from kidney failure. (Photo: Reuters)

A reputable Houston oncologist was charged with aggravated assault after she poisoned her lover by mixing antifreeze with his coffee, which caused kidney failure and a slew of health issues for the victim.

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Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo is allegedly responsible for the coffee poisoning, which left Dr. George Blumenschein debilitated. Gonzalez-Angulo, who is a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was involved in a "casual sexual relationship," with Blumenschein before she reportedly poisoned his coffee, according to the criminal complaint.

Two doctors from University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center were involved in a sexual relationship when Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo used antifreeze to poison Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Two doctors from University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center were involved in a sexual relationship when Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo used antifreeze to poison Dr. George Blumenschein's coffee. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Blumenschein is currently being treated for renal failure, which results in the loss of use of the kidneys. The doctor joined the Texas medical center in 2000, and apparently began a relationship with Gonzalez-Angulo. On Jan. 27 Blumenschein was at Gonzalez-Angulo's home when the coffee poisoning occurred.

The coffee poisoning victim claimed that he complained of his coffee tasting sweet, a trademark of the antifreeze Gonzalez-Angulo used to poison him, but the woman told him she'd added Splenda to the caffeinated beverarge. After Gonzalez-Angulo told Blumenschein to finish the poisoned, she made him another cup, which the man says was also suspiciously sweet.

Blumenschein began seeing symptoms within four hours of drinking the poisoned coffee, of which included slurred speech, bad balance and a loss of fine motor skills, prompting him to check into a local emergency center. After being evaluated, it was determined that Blumenschein was suffering from renal failure, central nervous system depression and cardiopulmonary complications.

Antifreeze, made of ethylene glycol, was used in a coffee poisoning by a prominent Houston oncologist that left her lover hospitalized from kidney failure. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Antifreeze, made of ethylene glycol, was used in a coffee poisoning by a prominent Houston oncologist that left her lover hospitalized from kidney failure. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Blumenschein was treated with dialysis for the coffee poisoning, and toxicology results later detected ethylene glycol poisoning through a urine analysis, the compound used in antifreeze. Toxicology experts confirmed that Blumenschein's condition was "more likely than not" a result of ethylene glycol poisoning, a solvent available in all M.D. Anderson laboratories, which Gonzalez-Angulo had access to.

Gonzalez-Angulo was released on $50,000 bail, and is stringently denying the charges. The alleged coffee poisoner's lawyer, Derek Hollingsworth said his client was "completely innocent."

"Although I have all the respect in the world for law enforcement, it is clear to me that the University of Texas Police Department jumped the gun in this case and filed charges that should have never been filed," Hollingsworth said.  "She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life," Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyer charged.

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