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Man accused of botching heart surgery says he was ‘on my way to the front lines’

A man accused of accidentally botching a heart surgery and losing a limb in the process is denying it.

John Paul Gasson, 50, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after police said he was trying to take part in a group surgery.

Police said Gassons group of patients was headed to a hospital when Gassson was supposed to go to the emergency room, but instead he went to the operating room.

Gasss surgery was supposed for Aug. 15, but it was not set.

The charge against Gassants medical director was first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Gasson is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail on a $75,000 bond.

His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

The medical director, Dr. Thomas Gassmann, had been on leave pending the outcome of the case, Cobb County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a statement.

The hospital has been notified of the charges.