Man sues after he claims doctors mocked him while he was unconscious in operating room
By Kathy Damrill
FAIRFAX, VA — A Virginia man sued after he says doctors mocked him while was unconscious during a colonoscopy procedure. The man claims the doctors joked that he had an STD and even talked about firing a gun up his rear end while he was under anesthesia. The man says his cell phone recorded audio of the entire incident.The plaintiff sued Safe Sedation LLC and Safe Sedation Management alleging defamation and infliction of emotional distress. In the lawsuit, the man claims the doctors mocked him from the second the anesthesia kicked in.He says he had inadvertently left his phone in the room, set to record, after forgetting to turn it off after recording instructions for post-operative care.According to Courthouse News, "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 man claims he doesn't have either disease.He is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and illegally disclosing his health records.Read more about the case here.
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