TX: Doctor sentenced to life for botched surgery

Source: Courthouse News Service

“A Dallas County jury deliberated for one hour Monday before sentencing neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to life in state prison for maiming an elderly patient in a botched surgery. The 12-member jury convicted Duntsch, of Plano, on Feb. 14 of injury to an elderly person — an exceptionally rare conviction of a medical doctor for substandard care. … On Friday, a surgeon who turned in Duntsch to state regulators for maiming several patients testified that the Texas Medical Board was unable to stop him. Dr. Randall Kirby told jurors he sent information the Texas Medical Board about at least five of Duntsch’s botched surgeries. Kirby filed the complaint after he witnessed the spinal surgery of Jeff Glidewell in 2013. He testified that it looked like Duntsch ‘tried to decapitate’ Glidewell.” (02/21/17)