Man Wins Lawsuit After Phone Catches Doctor Mocking Him During Surgery
A Virginia man was awarded $500,000 by a Fairfax County jury after an anesthesiologist repeatedly mocked and insulted him during an operation.
Trace Gallagher reported on "Your World" that the unidentified patient hit "record" on his phone before being sedated for a colonoscopy. He put his phone in his pants pocket and placed it beneath a table in the medical suite.
Gallagher said that the man's intentions were to record the instructions his doctor would provide after the procedure.
But the patient was shocked to actually hear the medical professionals making fun of him.
“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,” anesthesiologist Tiffany Ingham told the sedated patient in the audio recording.
Gallagher reported that when a medical staff member pointed out a rash on the patient to Ingham during the procedure, she warned the staff member not to touch the area, saying she might get "some syphilis on your arm or something."
"It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right," Ingham cruelly joked.
In addition to the mockery, the medical staff also placed a false diagnosis on the patient's chart.
A Fairfax County jury reportedly awarded the patient $100,000 for defamation, $200,000 for medical malpractice and $200,000 for punitive damages.