Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients


A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The decision came Monday, almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted 44-year-old Christopher Dunstch of first-degree felony injury to an elderly person. Prosecutors alleged numerous cases of malpractice against the former Plano physician, including that he improperly placed screws and plates along patients' spines, left a sponge in another patient and cut a major vein in another. Records show he operated on the wrong part of a patient's spine and left one woman wheelchair-dependent. Two patients died. A surgeon testifying for prosecutors said it was like letting an amateur loose in surgery. Dunstch's attorneys argued he wasn't a criminal, just a lousy surgeon.