Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Doctor Suspended After Video Shows Her Mocking Black Student Having Anxiety Attack

Dr Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos California has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he was having an anxiety attack Doctor Suspended After Video Shows Her Mocking Black Student Having Anxiety Attack
Melissa Porter | 21 June, 2018, 03:59

An emergency room doctor who belittled a patient having an anxiety attack and accused him of wanting narcotics this week was suspended after video of the encounter spread on Facebook.

Dr Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, was recorded on camera making fun of 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell, who was rushed to the emergency room after he became ill during basketball practice, reported The Mercury News.

Of note, Donald Bardwell says his son has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a sedative that treats panic disorder.

Samuel Bardwell, 20, a basketball player at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., is pictured.

"In the video, Keegstra scoffs at Donald Bardwell's assertion that his son was drifting "in and out of consciousness", and at one point she answers "Mm-hmm" when Samuel Bardwell asks her, "[So] I'm full of s-?"

"She said, 'I know why you people are here, you people who come here for drugs, ' and I said 'What do you mean you people?'" Donald said.

The video reportedly shows Dr. Keegstra taunting Mr. Bardwell, allegedly pulling on his arms and legs to make him sit up, and mocking him when he said he couldn't get up or inhale properly, The Mercury News reports.

In the video, she laughs and tells someone off-camera, "He must be dead".

"Are you dead, sir?" the physician continued, pointing at Bardwell. The doctor also referred to the patient and his father, who are African-American, as "you people".

El Camino said in a statement that Keegstra's demeanor was "unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care" at the hospital.

El Camino Hospital released a statement saying Keegstra has been "removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation".

When the 6-foot-9 Bardwell told Keegstra he couldn't get up, the doctor responded.

She berated him for being unable to sit up in the bed.

"We are saddened that a patient in our care was affected by this behavior and are working to ensure this never happens again", Vituity spokeswoman Allison Kundu said in an email to the publication.

Since Donald Bardwell uploaded the video to Facebook, the clip has been shared over 106,000 times and been viewed by more than 4.2 million people. Now don't try and tell me you can't move.

The Bardwells have contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital, ABC News reports.

"You want us to wheel you to your house in the gurney?" she said. "I'm having you sit up!" He was given fluids and medication for his anxiety and pain. The mistreatment is obviously about race because she wouldn't be allowed to treat all patients like that, the father added.

"He can't inhale!" Keegstra said.

A day later, the hospital added an update, saying it has notified its contracted provider to permanently remove Keegstra from the list of approved physicians at all its hospitals. "They just were not taking care of me from the beginning".

"In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all", Donald told GMA.