Mocked pa­tient wins court case

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

From the mo­ment he went un­der, the wise­cracks be­gan. A Vir­ginia man was awarded $ 500,000 in court af­ter be­ing mocked about his mas­culin­ity and in­sulted by an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist dur­ing a colonoscopy in 2013.

The Fair­fax County jury or­dered Dr. Tif­fany Ing­ham and her prac­tice to pay the man af­ter a three- day trial.

Of­fi­cials say the man, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, recorded the in­ci­dent in April 2013 while be­ing prepped for the pro­ce­dure to be sure he cap­tured the doc­tor’s post- op­er­a­tion in­struc­tions. But when he lis­tened to the record­ing, he heard the doc­tor and the rest of the sur­gi­cal team in­sult­ing and mock­ing him once he fell asleep.

Ing­ham was recorded say­ing to the se­dated pa­tient that “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.”

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