Netflix viewers have been enthralled by a new documentary that has just landed on the streaming platform.
'Wild', 'crazy' and 'legitimate batsh*t insanity' were just a few of the enticing reviews which are rolling in across social media.
The fact the docu-series is based on a real story only adds to the appeal, as many people were completely unaware of the twisted tale which inspired the series.
For the documentary, Netflix delved into the work of Swiss surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, as well as all the details of his personal life - including his tumultuous relationship with his former fiancée, Benita Alexander.
He's described as 'the biggest conman in medical history', so as you can imagine, it's a pretty extraordinary story.
Benita said it best in the trailer for the three parter, titled Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife: "His nickname was 'the super surgeon' and he was adored and adulated. Everybody was fooled by this man. I was engaged to a monster."
Without giving too much away, here is the synopsis: "Dr Paolo Macchiarini is world famous for his revolutionary stem cell-infused windpipe transplants.
"There's just one problem: His patients keep dying."
It continues: "Paolo was globally lauded for creating the world’s first plastic organs. Now he's accused of being a fraud and a fantasist.
"Featuring the courageous families of his victims, his former fiancée and colleagues turned whistleblowers - including exclusive access to some - and never before heard revelations, this series follows the unrelenting fight to bring Macchiarini to justice."
The surgeon and former regenerative medicine researcher has been convicted of research-related crimes in both Italy and Sweden.
His supposedly pioneering technique saw him earn a spot at one of the world's most prestigious medical universities and rub shoulders with celebrities.
The documentary explores Macchiarini's incredible rise and fall, as well as the consequences for those caught in the crossfire.
The 65-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing, was sentenced to 16 months behind bars in 2019 for abuse of office and forging documents, but was later acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court.
However, he was hauled before the courts again in 2022 and convicted of causing actual bodily harm and, a year later, gross assault against three former patients.
Macchiarini's suspended sentence was increased to two years and six months, while 11 of his research papers were retracted.
Netflix fans promise you're in for a rollercoaster ride when you eventually sit down to watch Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife - so be careful if you're balancing the popcorn on your lap.
One viewer said: "I just watched Bad Surgeon on Netflix and holy sh*t, that is an insane and bone-chilling story, that actually happened! That dude is a monster."
Another added: "This documentary is like a thriller you see in the movies. Just when you think it's over, bam another new tale."
A third wrote: "Just finished watching Bad Surgeon on Netflix and I am bewildered."
And a fourth said: "Watching the Bad Surgeon on Netflix and mind is totally blown."Featured Image Credit: Netflix