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Man Sues Doctor Who Left Surgery To Cash Check!

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posted on Dec, 5 2002 @ 10:47 PM

Man Sues Doctor Who Left Surgery to Cash Check
Thu December 05, 2002

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man filed a malpractice lawsuit on Wednesday against the doctor who left him on the operating table midway through spinal surgery to cash a check at a nearby bank.
Charles Algeri said he suffers severe pain in his right leg after orthopedic surgeon David Arndt left him for 35 minutes with an open incision in his back during a spinal fusion procedure at a Boston-area hospital. Algeri's lawyer filed the lawsuit in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.

Arndt, whose license to practice medicine was suspended by the state medical board, has acknowledged that he temporarily abandoned Algeri in the operating room during the July 10 operation at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The doctor admitted to a medical board investigator that he had "exercised remarkably horrible judgment" during the surgery, according to a board report released in August.

Arndt explained to the investigator he had been waiting for his paycheck because he had to pay some overdue bills, and had been hoping to finish the surgery before his bank closed for the day.

The procedure took longer than he expected, however, and Arndt decided to make a break for the bank midway through surgery.

Algeri, a Waltham, Massachusetts, resident, opted for the surgery to relieve pain he had been feeling in his left leg and left lower back.

"All of his problems were on his left side. Now he has problems on both sides but much worse on the right side," said Algeri's lawyer, Marc Breakstone.

Algeri is seeking unspecified damages from Arndt, claiming the pain is a result of the doctor's negligence. Breakstone noted that the doctor has $5 million in insurance coverage that could apply to the case.

"He's got $5 million in coverage and the case is worth at least that much," the lawyer told Reuters.

Arndt's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

Copyright Reuters 2002.

posted on Dec, 8 2002 @ 02:33 PM
They had the guy on O' rielly about 2 months ago. I think its pretty stupid. Why would a doc leave in the middle of a surgery i can understand like those very long ones (the conjoined twins) but from what i heard this one was not long at all.

posted on Dec, 8 2002 @ 10:34 PM
I guess the good doc had to get to the bank, before it closed.

posted on Dec, 9 2002 @ 09:04 AM
Ouch, that would suck majorly. Leaving the operation to cash a check. What a distraction.

Think about all the things left in people. Knives, scapels, towel, needles, and they don't
leave to cash a check, they in till done!!

posted on Dec, 9 2002 @ 09:12 AM
I know it's not typical but I think it's got to say something about the system.

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