Grand jury indicts troubled Texas spine surgeon — 5 key notes

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Christopher Duntsch, MD, who lost his medical license in 2013, was charged with aggravated assault and injury to an elderly person, according to a WFAA report.

Here are five things to know:


1. Dr. Duntsch was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and one count of "injury to an elderly person" applied to five patients he performed surgery on who either died or have been "scarred for life," according to the report.


2. There were four patients who suffered nerve injuries, and in one case a surgeon assisting Dr. Duntsch in the operating room allegedly physically restrained Dr. Duntsch during the operation because his actions could lead to paralysis.


3. There was a criminal complaint filed against Dr. Duntsch in 2013 with the Dallas County district attorney and now a grand jury indicted him on the five aggravated assault counts.


4. Dr. Duntsch is held on $600,000 bond and could spend up to 20 years in prison.


5. The assisting surgeon who allegedly restrained Dr. Duntsch is also suing Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.


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