A patient in Reston, Virginia, USA, had set up his mobile phone to record everything while he was under anesthesia during a colonoscopy. Unfortunately, Anesthesiologist Tiffany M Ingham had no idea about this and did quite a bit of talking during the procedure.
Ingham was caught saying things like she wanted to punch the man in the face to man him up after five minutes of meeting him and that he might have TB in the penis.
Gastroenterologist Solomon Shah, who was also present, joined in the fun and joked about another doctor with Ingham. The patient, known only as D.B., recorded the event so that he wouldn’t miss out any information that the doctor would give him after his procedure.
The incident has cost Ingham and the practice $500,000 after she and others discussed and then added a false diagnosis of hemmorhoids to the patient’s chart.
In addition to their vicious commentary, the doctors also discussed avoiding the man after the colonoscopy and instructing an assistant to lie to him. The jury awarded the man $100,000 for defamation — $50,000 each for the comments about the man having syphilis and tuberculosis — and $200,000 for medical malpractice, as well as the $200,000 in punitive damages.
Ingham also revealed a rather homophobic side when she made fun of the man for attending Mary Washington College, once an all-women’s school, and then wondered if the patient was gay.