Neurosurgeon details life-saving procedure
The neurosurgeon who performed emergency surgery on Richie testified Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Robert Owen said the bullet wound “basically obliterated (Richie’s) carotid (artery).” This led to a massive stroke on the right side of Richie’s brain.
Richie’s brain began to swell, and Owen performed a craniotomy, removing a large portion of Richie’s skull to give the brain room to expand. Although the right side of Richie’s brain was damaged, the doctor was trying to prevent damage to the left side of his brain.
Eubanks submitted into evidence several medical records from Owen and other physicians that stated Richie had an “unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Owen said that information likely originated from Richie’s initial chart when he arrived at the hospital, which may have come from the paramedics because Richie was unconscious.
The doctor said he does not have the training to determine whether a gunshot is self-inflicted based on the injuries, adding his focus at the time was on keeping Richie’s brain alive.
The trial will resume at 9 a.m. today. The jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday.
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