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How did one doctor successfully cover up wrongdoing for so long? To start, Macchiarini’s personal and professional past is riddled with deceit and lies. In a Vanity Fair investigation of the doctor, Macchiarini had fudged some titles on his resume and had already been charged with attempted aggravated fraud in Italy for “alleged efforts to persuade very ill patients to undergo radical surgery.”
But many were oblivious to what was happening behind the scenes. One doctor who worked with Macchiarini in Illinois told Vanity Fair that he was a “Renaissance man, fluent in half a dozen languages.” Another source told the outlet he was like the Dos Equis beer advertisement’s star promoter, Kris Kristofferson — AKA “the Most Interesting Man in the World.”
While covering Macchiarini’s story for NBC News, one journalist named Benita Alexander even fell in love with him and fell for his enticing ways. Although she knew she was crossing a line in developing relationships with a source, she told Vanity Fair she chose to follow love.