DENTON COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) –A notorious former surgeon who maimed and killed multiple patients in North Texas is in the national spotlight.
There will soon be a TV mini-series as well as a documentary on Christopher Duntsch, the man nicknamed “Doctor Death” is now serving a life sentence on several counts of aggravated assault.
One of his victims who is not deceased, Ken Fennell instead spends his golden years in a motorized wheelchair.
“The dreams you had before you realized you can’t do anymore,” Fennell said.
The 78-year-old Denton County man was then Dr Christopher Duntsch’s first patient when the surgeon began performing spinal fusions in 2011.
“All they could do was brag about himself and that he could heal me where no one else could,” Fennel said.
But when this operation did not work, Fennell authorized Duntsch to operate again.
“And that’s when he did the damage. I woke up a day and a half later in intensive care and on a morphine drip and from my waist it felt like a bonfire was burning on me, ”he said.
Despite the bad experience, Duntsch bounced back into hospitals in North Texas, crippling and in some cases killing his patients.
He was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to life in prison.
“When they sentenced him to life, we realized we had arrested him, they arrested him,” Fennell said.
Duntsch is now the subject of an upcoming documentary and a new TV mini-series.
“I hope this will stop other doctors,” Fennell said. “He’s not the only one in the world, I’m sure he does that.”
Fennell and his wife can still travel occasionally and dress up for Christmas performances in Clauses, but not without Ken’s constant pain which he says Duntsch is not solely responsible for.
“I blame the medical council for not having stopped him before. The reason I will speak up every time is to keep him from hurting someone else, ”Fennell said.