California ER doctor seen on video mocking patient suspended


California ER doctor seen on video mocking patient suspended

"This is not labored breathing".

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 said Keegstra was "removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation", SFGate reported.

Efforts by ABC News to reach Keegsta for comment were not immediately successful. His dad, Donald Bardwell, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Samuel has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a benzodiazepine, to treat that, but that he'd been busy over the previous few days and hadn't had a chance to pick up his new prescription.

In the South Bay, 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell suffered from what he believes was an extreme anxiety attack Monday night during basketball practice at West Valley College in Saratoga. "We didn't know what the outcome of not taking the meds would be".

Mr Bardwell (right) and his father, Donald (left) were disappointed with the doctor's approach. They explain that he had been unable to take Klonopin, a medication for seizures and panic attacks.

It is not known whether Bardwell was going through withdrawal. Because I'm in pain and I have anxiety.

At the emergency room, they met a doctor named Beth Keegstra, who came in and introduced herself but never said her name, never asked Samuel's name, and "never really examined him", according to Donald.

From that point on, the conversation was captured on camera.

"In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all", Bardwell's father, Donald Bardwell, told ABC News' "Good Morning America".

"Sure", Keegstra replied. "And he doesn't have Klonopin because he doesn't have his Klonopin".

"I'm sorry sir you are the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying", the doctor barks at the man's son. "There, you picked your head up".

"Sit up!" she yells twice as she's spotted pulling the patient by the arm.

Bardwell told Keegstra that he could not get up from the bed. "You want us to wheel you to your house in a gurney?" she says, laughing.

"Yes, that's how p***ed off you got me", Dr. Keegstra said.

Told the son, "I knew from when she said something to the security guard ..."

"This is ridiculous", Keegstra interrupted and cursed at the patient. "It was so agonizing pain it surprised me they were urging me to get up".

After Bardwell says he's unable to inhale, Keegstra laughs: 'He can't inhale? Wow.

It ends with her accusing Samuel Bardwell of changing his story and using an expletive at him.

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.

The doctor offered some belittling to go along with her treatment. Keegstra said in the video.

With her patient in shock over her remark, she continued swearing.

For now, Dr. Keegstra's actions have resulted in her suspension.



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