Fake sur­geon who op­er­ated 190 times

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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.”

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Eber­hard, right, scrub­bing up in the hospi­tal the­atre be­fore an op­er­a­tion

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