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As a lifelong resident of Dallas County, Peacock’s new program Dr. Death Hit very close to home. The series tells the story of Christopher Duntsch, a doctor who mutated and killed people during surgery at Texas hospitals. This exciting drama is based on a hit podcast of the same name, and the stars Joshua jackson, AnnaSophia Robb, Christian Slater, Jamie Dornan, Alec Bladwin, Grace Gummer and others. Even if Dr. Death is certainly a dramatized version of the Terribly real duntschMuch of what happens on the show happened in reality. So how many people did Duntsch kill in real life? This is what we know.
Duntsch operated on 37 patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area between 2011 and 2013, killing two of them and harming another 31. Kellie Martin died of significant blood loss. after surgery, and Floella Brown died after a severed vertebral artery triggered a stroke. Some of his patients were permanently paralyzed, others experienced nerve damage, chronic pain and other injuries that left them worse than before their surgeries. One of the mutilated was Duntsch’s childhood friend, who woke up tetraplegic after Duntsch damaged his vertebral artery.
And these cases weren’t accidents either. In 2011, Duntsch wrote in an email: “I am willing to give up the love, kindness, goodness, and patience that I mix with all that I am and become a cold-blooded killer.” Despite having years of training and recommendations behind him, Duntsch took a clear turn and started hurting the people he was supposed to help.
nach bouncing around several Texas hospitals, was arrested in July 2015 in Colorado and incarcerated in Dallas County for five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and one count of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2017.
Although Dr. Death is in a place where he can no longer harm innocent hospital patients, his monstrous legacy that is explored in Dr. Death it will certainly stay on my mind, especially if I ever need routine surgery.