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Patrick Springer, Published January 06 2012

Fargo surgeon who improperly drugged wife speaks out

FARGO – Dr. Jon Norberg issued a statement today to outline in greater detail his account of the drug he administered to his estranged wife, Dr. Alonna Knorr Norberg.

Norberg, who did not answer questions after reading his statement aloud, claims he sought custody of the couple’s three children based on her psychiatric condition and drug dependency.

In his statement, Norberg claims he administered a powerful anesthetic at the couple's Fargo home with her knowledge and consent.

In a statement provided by her divorce attorney on Thursday, Dr. Alonna Norberg told The Forum that her husband inappropriately gave her the powerful anesthetic propofol without her consent “to impair me and gratify himself sexually.” She said he shouldn’t have characterized propofol as a “good” and “safe” drug, as it is not when used in a home instead of a hospital.

The allegations, which form the basis of criminal charges and the indefinite suspension of his medical license, stem from his wife’s medical problems and a contentious divorce and child custody battle, he said.

“When people ask me why I did what I did I ask them this question,” Norberg said in his statement. “‘If you had something that was the most precious thing to you in the world and it fell in the fire, wouldn’t you put your hand in the fire to try to save it even though you knew you might get burned?’ I just never knew my wife, Alonna, would try to burn me.”

Dr. Alonna Norberg’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment this afternoon, but has been contacted by The Forum for a response. On Thursday, the day of Dr. Jon Norberg’s medical license suspension hearing, Dr. Alonna Norberg issued a statement on the case.

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