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Texas Neurosurgeon Charged With Assault For Botched Surgeries

Doctors performing surgery

Texas Neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch has been charged with assault for botched surgeries. Christopher Duntsch worked as a neurosurgeon at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas from 2012 to 2013. In one surgery, the doctor allegedly operated on the wrong part of a patient’s spine. During another procedure he is accused of leaving a sponge inside a patient. Another patient hemorrhaged so badly that she died; another suffered from a stroke.


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. Consequently, Duntsch faces more than just 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 has not yet entered a plea but “will defend himself against all charges.” Last year, the doctor said, “99 percent of everything that has been said about me is completely false.” 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.


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