Doctor says alleged Groveton wannabe played dangerous

James Thompson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
James Thompson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested a Groveton man for practicing medicine without a license. His patient? A 16-year-old girl.

The girl's mother called law enforcement when she realized her daughter had undergone a minor surgical procedure at a party.

According to the arrest affadavit, the girl paid John Jacob Thompson 20 dollars to remove a birth-control implant and for a tatoo.

Dr. Michael Iverson, president of Lufkin's Urgent Care, says that type of birth control is used for long-term pregnancy prevention.

"If it's well-tolerated by the woman, it's very convenient because you don't have to take anything," Iverson said.

That type of birth control is implanted under the skin with an incision, by a physician in a sterile, medical environment. And to reduce any further medical complications, taking it out should be done in exactly the same way.

It seems like a simple procedure, but Iverson says with this and any surgical procedure you need proper training and tools.

"You want to do it under a sterile procedure," he said. "You want to numb it up. You want to take your time getting it out. If you run into any scar tissue you're going to be pushing and pulling a lot of tissue. Clean it out afterwards."

Iverson says many things could have gone wrong if that implant was removed incorrectly.

"You would have swelling, you would have redness, you would have a puss pocket underneath there," he said.

Thankfully, the girl is OK. But Thompson is now charged with the third-degree felony for trying to play doctor.

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