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Doctor mocks unconscious colonoscopy patient, audio caught on phone

nconscious colonoscopy patient sues doctors for inappropriate conversation during procedure.
nconscious colonoscopy patient sues doctors for inappropriate conversation during procedure.

A male colonoscopy patient was embarrassed and shocked after he realized he accidently left his phone’s recording on while under the effects of anesthesia during the colonoscopy procedure in Virginia. Unbeknown to the professionals, the phone’s audio recorder captured the doctors mocking and making fun of the unconscious patient, according to Courthouse News Service on Apr. 22. The patient and his wife found the disturbing audio on his phone while driving home after the procedure.

The unidentified patient is suing Safe Sedation LLC and Safe Sedation Management for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. The colonoscopy procedure was performed on the patient by Drs. Tiffany Ingham and Soloman Shah from the medical group in April. Neither of the doctors are listed as the defendants in the case.

The patient planned on recording the post-operative instructions and colonoscopy care in which he had the phone’s audio set to record. He unintentionally left the recorder on during the procedure recording the doctors’ conversation while he was sedated. It is reported Ingham began the mock session the moment the patient became unconscious.

Ingham was allegedly heard on the recorder saying that the patient would be “eaten alive” by another teaching professional and then spoke directly to the unconscious patient saying after five minutes of talking with him in the pre-op, the doctor wanted to ‘punch him in the face and man him up.’ The doctor continued the unprofessional discussion by talking about the patient’s medications and an irritation on his penis. The conversation implied the irritation may be caused by syphilis or penile tuberculosis, of which the patient claims he has neither disease.

The complaint states the doctor’s inappropriate conversation led to questioning his sexual preferences and he was called a “big wimp.” Before the procedure was completed, the doctor discussed avoiding him after he woke up and gave a false report that he had hemorrhoids. The patient has suffered tremendous distress, mental anguish and has lost sleep over the comments. The patient is seeking one million dollars in compensatory damages plus an additional $350,000 in punitive damages for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and illegally disclosing his health records.