Doctors mocked an unconscious colonoscopy patient

Did anyone else hear this story?

FAIRFAX, Va. (CN) - Doctors mocked an unconscious colonoscopy patient, joking that he has syphilis and talking about firing a gun up his rectum, says a man whose cellphone allegedly captured audio of the entire affair.
Plaintiff D.B. sued Safe Sedation LLC and Safe Sedation Management in Fairfax County Court, alleging defamation and infliction of emotional distress.
"On April 18, 2013, during a colonoscopy, plaintiff was verbally brutalized and defamed by the very doctors to whom he entrusted his life while under anesthesia," the complaint states.
D.B. claims that Drs. Tiffany Ingham and Soloman Shah, who are not named as defendants, mocked him from the second the anesthesia kicked in.
D.B. claims he had inadvertently left his phone in the room, set to record, having neglected to turn it off after recording instructions for post-operative care.
"The moment that plaintiff became unconscious, Tiffany Ingham, M.D. commented to all of the others in the operating room 'Oh - Oscar Mike Goss.' That is a thinly disguised substitute for the expression 'OMG', which is an expression of both exasperation and mockery, and is a well-known abbreviation for 'Oh my God,'" the complaint states.
It adds: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. started to mock, and then continued to mock, the amount of medicine required to anesthetize plaintiffs.
"Referring to plaintiff, Soloman Shah, M.D. commented that a teaching physician known to both him and Tiffany Ingham, M.D. 'would eat him for lunch.'
"Tiffany Ingham, M.D. agreed that plaintiff would be 'eaten alive' and also jokingly discussed a hypothetical of firing a gun up a rectum."
D.B. claims his phone caught Ingham talking to his unconscious self, saying, "And really, 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."
The tape allegedly caught the doctors discussing D.B.'s prescription medication and an irritation on his penis.
"A medical assistant at GMA touched plaintiff's penis during the colonoscopy," the complaint states. "Although plaintiff's penis is not involved in a colonoscopy, the medical assistant noted there was not 'much of a penile rash.' Tiffany Ingham, M.D. responded, 'No, you'll accidentally rub up against it. Some syphilis on your arm or something.' Solomon Shah, M.D. responded, 'That would be bad. That would be real bad.'"
The complaint adds: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. then stated to all present in the operating suite that, 'It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you'll be all right.'"
D.B. says he doesn't have either disease.
The complaint states that the doctors talked about "misleading and avoiding" him after he woke up.
"A female medical assistant at GMA recalled that plaintiff had earlier warned that he passes out when looking at the placement of an IV, to which Tiffany Ingham, M.D. asked 'Well, why are you looking then, retard?' the man claims. "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. also described plaintiff as a 'big wimp.'"
He claims the doctors continued to discuss how to avoid him after he woke up, and mocked him for going to Mary Washington College, suggesting that "it was unsurprising that plaintiff attended a college that at one time was a 'women's college,' a 'girl's school,' and wondered if plaintiff was gay."
The complaint states: "Tiffany Ingham, M.D. stated, 'Are you implying that he's gay? Because I know gay men that have more manliness than' the plaintiff. 'And I'm sure I know gay men in the military who just haven't let it be known that they're gay who are manly.'"
In a final remark caught on tape, Ingham allegedly said she would make a note on the man's file that he had hemorrhoids even though he didn't.
D.B. claims that he and his wife discovered that the procedure had been recorded on their ride home, listening in disgust.
"Plaintiff has suffered distress, including embarrassment, loss of sleep, and mental anguish, as a direct and proximate result of the conduct of defendant's agent Tiffany Ingham, M.D.," he says.
He seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and illegally disclosing his health records.
He is represented by Mikhael Charnoff with Perry Charnoff in Arlington.


So what do you think? Should doctors be punished for insulting unconscious patients? How many patients do you think got that treatment and never knew? I recently underwent anesthesia for a small foot operation. The anesthesia was totally unnecessary for a foot operation, but they insisted on giving it to me. Now I wonder if it was they could insult me while I was under.

Defence counsel will probably

Defence counsel will probably argue that there was no intentional harm done to the patient, citing that the medical team, acting together, do not constitute recipients of third party communications, a requirement in a libel lawsuit.

If that is proffered, the counter argument might be that statements not pertaining to the patient's care have nothing to do with his care, and as such, constitute defamation.

I smell a substantial out of court settlement, complete with gag order.

Looks like Dr. Tiffany is not

Looks like Dr. Tiffany is not getting good reviews here.

I think this is going to be a

I think this is going to be a big case as the news starts to spread.

I had the same thing happen

I had the same thing happen to me in surgery. My body was put out first before my mind was, and while I lay there unable to move, helpless, I listened while all of them mocked and gossiped about me, and even talked about my genitals. I don't have a tape recording for proof. When I reported it I wasn't taken seriously and was even re-victimized. This happens more than you think it does. My trust in doctors is totally shattered!

Canada, eh?

Canada, eh?

This doesn't surprise me at

This doesn't surprise me at all. I recently had to undergo my second cystoscopy due to difficulty voiding, testicular and prostate pain and reoccurring UTI's. For my first cystoscopy I had a general anesthetic.

When I attended the hospital for my pre-surgery interview for the second cystoscope, I was told by the female anaesthesiologist that I was an extreme risk due to my obesity and that I could not have a general anaesthetic this time. She insisted that this time I would have to have a spinal block but she said she was worried about something and she wanted me to promise her that I would take my ipod and earphones so that I could have music playing throughout the entire procedure. I told her that I was not concerned at all about the procedure and that I would find it interesting listening to what was going on around me. She said that this is exactly what she was worried about, the fact that things may be said by staff about me that I may not like to hear. Obviously she was referring to nurses and other staff laughing and commenting about my micro penis. I have had nurses laugh in my face before so I was well aware that this was likely to happen.

Come the day of the second cystoscopy and I am taken in my bed into the theatre and the usual trouble finding a vein for the cannula started. They ended up having to do an ultrasound guided insertion into a vein. I started to wonder why nothing was happening with my back as I had been assured that I would be having a spinal block and the anaesthesiologist had examined my spine at the hospital interview weeks ago. I was wheeled into the theatre and a mask was placed over my face and I was told to count backwards from ten.

I woke hours later after having had a general anaesthetic when I was told it wouldn't be happening as I was an extreme risk but it seems that the Doctors and Nurses must have felt that they couldn't control their laughter or comments about my micro penis so as to ensure that I didn't hear them humiliating me I was put at extreme risk of death just to ensure I didn't hear what was being said about me and I couldn't make any complaints or take legal action against them. It what I would expect anyway after-all they are all only human and every woman whom has seen my micro penis has either burst out laughing or reacted in some other negative way. I have had so many women suggest that if they were me they would commit suicide.

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