Texas Neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch Charged with Assault for Botched Surgeries
The neurosurgeon is accused of killing at least two patients through botched surgeries
In one surgery, the doctor allegedly left a sponge inside a patient. During another procedure, he is accused of operating on the wrong part of a patient’s spine.
One patient hemorrhaged so badly that she died; another suffered a stroke.
From 2012 to 2013, Christopher Duntsch worked as a neurosurgeon for Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas. According to court documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Duntsch left a trail of devastation in his wake. The documents claim that he maimed several patients through his treatment.
The case has drawn widespread comparison to that of Michigan oncologist Farid Fata, who is serving 45 years in prison for diagnosing healthy people with cancer as part of a fraud scheme to make money through insurance billings.
Last week, Duntsch was indicted on six assault charges stemming from his medical practice. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and one count of injury to a child, elderly or disabled person. He was held on $600,000 bail.
But Duntsch faces even more consequences than jail time. He has been named as a defendant in at least three civil suits. His license was suspended by the Texas Medical Board in 2013. The board claimed that Duntsch often failed to follow appropriate procedures, and failed to recognize complications that arose during the surgeries.
Duntsch and his attorney Mario Herrera did not return PEOPLE’s calls for comment, but told The Washington Post that Duntsch had not yet entered a plea but “will defend himself against all charges.”
Last year, the doctor told The Dallas Morning News “99 percent of everything that has been said about me is completely false.”
In the interview, Duntsch claimed to be the victim of rival surgeons and personal injury attorneys.
Investigators are checking whether there are other victims, but even the most seasoned authorities have expressed shock at the charges.
You don t see a doctor charged with this, said Dallas County prosecutor Kevin Brooks said in a news conference. “It s fairly rare.
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