A Virginia patient accidentally left his cell phone on during a routine colonoscopy. Before surgery he wanted to record the doctor’s post-operation instructions so he’d remember them, but he forgot to turn off the setting before he went under.
What followed is disturbing. After the procedure, he listened to the recording and heard doctors saying horrific things about him. This isn’t the first time this has happened either: Ethel Easter recorded her doctors making rude comments about her body.
“After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit,” one doctor is heard saying .
Another staff member called him the R-word, while the anesthesiologist, Dr. Tiffany Ingham, perhaps made the most belittling comments.
“I’m going to mark hemorrhoids, even though we don’t see them and probably won’t,” Ingham said. “I’m just gonna take a shot in the dark.”
The group joked that he had ebola, syphilis, and other ailments. They were also heard mocking other patients at their practice.
“They want to believe what they want to believe. These people are into their medical problems,” Ingham said. “Round and round we go, wheel of annoying patients we go. Where it’ll land, nobody knows!”
The patient sued the office for defamation and medical malpractice. He won, and the courts granted him $500,000.
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