- A Boston patient is suing the surgeon who abandoned him in mid-operation to go to the bank and deposit a check.
Dr. David Arndt was suspended by Massachusetts regulators after leaving patient Charles Algeri on the operating table in July.
...not only did Arndt leave Algeri on the operating table for 35 minutes, but he also bungled the surgery.
"Not only did Dr. Arndt botch the surgery, ... but he failed after the surgery to take action to investigate the symptoms of a failed fusion," attorney Marc Breakstone said.
A state Public Health Department report said the absence didn't cause the operation to be botched.
Arndt, a Harvard Medical School grad, said he regrets his actions, which he says were due to "a financial crisis."
Arndt is also facing criminal charges that he raped a 15-year-old boy in Cambridge in September. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.