In just two years, many patients in Dallas were being treated horribly. After the surgeries, they were waking up with paralysis, numbness, and excruciating pain.
However, the worst part is that some patients didn’t even make it. This was all because of Christopher Duntsch.
He was a surgeon and came to be known as “Dr. Death” after these horrible incidents. Let’s take a look into his life.
Duntsch was born in 1971 in Montana. He had 3 more siblings and he lived in Memphis.
his was an extremely affluent suburb in the area. His parents both worked as well. His mother was a teacher and his father was a physical therapist.
Duntsch pursued medicine and completed his undergrad at University of Memphis. He continued to stay in his town for further studies.
He received an M.D and a Ph.D. from here. He did exceptionally well during his time at the medical school.
He spent 5 years there and studied neurosurgery. After that he spent and another year to study general surgery.
According to the Rolling Stone, he was awarded financial grants that were worth millions of dollars in grant funding.
Of course, the higher you go the bigger the fall and this is exactly what happened here. It wasn’t for long that this bright beginning lasted.
Unraveling Of Duntsch’s Career
His spiral began from 2006 to 2007. One of Christopher Duntsch’s friends recalls seeing him take painkillers and LSD on his birthday.
Apart from that, she said that after a wild night of LSD, Duntsch wore his medical lab coat to go to the hospital. Of course, with such recklessness, he was bound to put the lives of his patients at risk.
He refused to take a drug test given by the hospital and after this, they sent him to the impaired physician program. Even after this incident, the hospital allowed him to complete his residency.
In 2011, he was recruited to be a part of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Dallas. As soon as he arrived there, he received his surgical rights and he was performing surgeries in no time.
The Unfortunate Patients Of Dr. Death
In just 2 years, Duntsch operated on thirty-eight patients in Dallas. Out of all these patients, 2 passed away from complications and thirty-one patients were either seriously injured or completely paralyzed.