Dallas Surgeon Gets Life Term for Botched Surgeries

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A Dallas jury sentenced a neurosurgeon to life in prison after they heard from patient after patient who testified Christopher Duntsch seriously maimed them while they were under his knife, reports the Dallas Morning News. Duntsch, 46, was accused of crippling four patients and causing the death of two between July 2012 and June 2013. His 13-day trial focused only on a charge of injury to an elderly individual, a first-degree felony where someone “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” injures an elderly person.

Mary Efurd, was 74 in 2012 when she went under Duntsch’s knife and lost a third of her blood and the full use of her legs. “I trusted him,” Efurd testified. “I trusted that he would do what was right.” A doctor who treated Efurd after her botched surgery said Duntsch had “done virtually everything wrong.” Dr. Robert Henderson found implants placed in muscle instead of on bone, a screw drilled into her spinal cavity and a nerve root that had been amputated. “It’s as egregious as you can imagine,” Henderson said. Jurors heard from patient after patient who sought surgery from Duntsch to fix back problems, only to be left disfigured or immobilized and in excruciating pain.

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