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Diagnosis: irony

A Tijuana surgeon whose kidnapping prompted a civic uproar is in the public eye again after gunmen seek care at his clinic.

May 03, 2008|Richard Marosi | Times Staff Writer

It's unfortunate, Guzman said, that such stories have distracted attention from the public safety crisis.

Some police intelligence and media reports have said the doctor's kidnapping may have been one reason for last weekend's bloody shootout between rival factions of the Arellano Felix drug cartel.

One cartel boss named Jorge Briseno Lopez, or "El Cholo," reportedly was feuding with another boss, Teodoro Garcia Simental, "El Teo." "El Cholo" blamed "El Teo" for increasingly reckless criminal escapades, which included the doctor's abduction, according to the reports. The violence was bringing too much heat on organized crime and disrupting their criminal enterprises, one police report states.

Guzman said he doesn't follow the twists and turns of the gang wars. He's just happy to be back at work treating his patients and to be recovering quickly from the bullet wound.

His colleagues and patients saved his life, he said, adding, "I didn't know that they appreciated me and loved me so much."

Like others, he says, he hopes the civic protest that prompted his release marked a turning point in the seemingly endless war against organized crime.

He quotes an old saying: "Fue la gota que derramo el vaso." It was the drop that spilled the cup.

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richard.marosi@latimes.com

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