A Virginia man pressed record on his smartphone moments before undergoing a colonoscopy with the hope that he would capture post-operation instructions from his doctor — the man instead ended up recording his anesthesiologist trashing 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 M. Ingham was heard saying on the recording obtained by The Washington Post.
The verbal attacks didn't stop there.
Ingham told a medical assistant to avoid touching the man's rash because she might get "some syphilis on your arm or something."
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"It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right," the anesthesiologist then added.
The individual, who remained unidentified, ultimately sued Ingham and another doctor involved with the procedure over the 2013 incident. A jury recently awarded him $500,000.
“I’ve never heard of a case like this,” Lee Berlik, a lawyer who specializes in defamation law, told The Washington Post.
Berlik said that comments exchanged between doctors are usually privileged, but noted the recording added a different twist.
The Washington Post attempted through numerous channels to obtain comment from Ingham, but was unable to speak with her.
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