LOS GATOS, Calif. –
A doctor in the emergency room in northern California was suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he had an anxiety attack.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Dr. Beth Keegstra, a physician hired at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, was suspended after she registered on June 11, questioning whether Samuel Bardwell, 20, was ill or just looking for drugs.
Bardwell's father, Donald, said his son suffers from anxiety attacks and takes the drug Klonopin. But the college student had not picked up a recipe for two days before suffering an attack and collapsing after practicing basketball. He was transported by ambulance to the El Camino emergency room.
Bardwell's father, Donald Bardwell, recorded Keegstra mocking when Samuel Bardwell said he could not breathe.
She replied: "You must be dead" and called him "the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying".
Samuel Bardwell said he received this treatment after waiting three hours to see a doctor.
"There, you picked up your head, now do not try and tell me you can not move, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, I'm forcing you to sit down!" Keegstra said in the video, while pulling the arm of Bardwell
Bardwell said he told his doctor that parts of his body were numb, that he had pain and difficulty breathing.
"He can not inhale! Wow! He must be dead. Are you dead, sir? I do not understand, you're breathing well, "Keegstra said in the video, laughing" Do you want us to take you home on a stretcher? "
Bardwell said that when Keegstra came to examine him, she was accompanied by a security guard He said that was when he asked his father to start recording.
"I said, 'Hey, dad, can you get your phone? I need you to take out your phone now, because I had the feeling that something was going to happen. happen, "Bardwell said." They just were not taking care of me from the start. "
At another point in the video, while Keegstra was using her stethoscope at Bardwell, she said," No. You have changed your story at all times (expletives). "19659002] Then he left the room and said:" Put an IV, give him a liter of liquid and we'll get him out of here. "That's what he says he needs. is a doctor ".
In a statement, the hospital told ABC News: "We have expressed our sincere apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter … Our provider hired for emergency services has been notified permanently remove this doctor from the list of approved physicians badigned to provide emergency care in our hospitals. "
"In my opinion, I do not think I should practice medicine at all, because if it's not a career and she treats everyone that way, then that's a problem," said Donald Bardwell.
Keegstra could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
ABC News contributed to this report.
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