Fake surgeon who operated 190 times
A BANKER who fantasised about becoming a surgeon forged medical qualifications and worked for 14 months in a major hospital operating theatre before he was rumbled.
He took part in 190 operations, including amputations, after writing out his own degree with a fountain pen and claiming to have qualified at Oxford University.
And Christian Eberhard wrote himself glowing references from doctors who existed only in his imagination.
Medical authorities at the University Clinic of Erlangen in Germany never questioned his “training” in Britain, even though he spelt doctor with a K on his bogus qualifications and misspelled medicine.
A German court heard Eberhard, 30, became “obsessed” with the idea of becoming a doctor after he worked in a hospital for 10 months in lieu of compulsory national service.
But his parents would not support him financially for the eight years he would need to study to qualify to practise medicine.
He became a successful securities
The bogus Oxford ‘qualifications’ expert, but ditched his banking career to indulge in his medical fantasies.
He downloaded forms from the internet and told medical authorities that he had qualified at Oxford.
Eberhard then spent two years training in surgery techniques at the Erlangen hospital before he was then promoted to an assistant surgical doctor.
He became involved in highly complex procedures, including spinal, liver and lung operations.
Last November he was jailed for three years but the prosecution appealed and he has been given an extra six months in prison.
At his trial, Werner Hohenberger, director of the hospital, said Eberhard was “diseased” and “a high-grade pathological liar criminal energies”.
But he warned: “Hundreds of people have done this in the past and probably will continue to do so.”
Acknowledging patients’ lives had been at risk, he said none had died or suffered as Eberhard was always supervised by a more senior doctor.
Eberhard told his latest court hearing: “I am proud of what I accomplished nonetheless. Less legs were amputated when I was there because I knew what I was doing.”
Eberhard, right, scrubbing up in the hospital theatre before an operation