A Virginia man accidentally recorded a conversation that took place during his colonoscopy. Since he was sedated during the procedure, he had no idea what was said. When he listened to the phone recording on his after the examination, shock does not seem to cover it.
The man’s phone recorded the voice of his anesthesiologist, Dr. Tiffany Ingham, while he was under twilight sedation for his colonoscopy. She said many vile things about the man who was defenseless in his sedated state.
Court papers of his malpractice case detail the entire recording, many of which are too disturbing to describe here. On the recording, Ingham can be heard calling the patient “annoying,” “wuss,” and “retard.” The anesthesiologist suggested the man had tuberculosis in his genitals and suggested that assistants lie to him after the procedure and change his chart to include a false diagnosis. Ingham also said that she wanted to punch the patient in the face, so that he would “man up.”
After hearing the accidental recording, the patient did what anyone would do and hired an attorney to sue Ingham. The case went to trial and a jury awarded the patient $50,000 for each comment plus $200,000 for medical malpractice. Altogether, the size of the award was $500,000.
Fortunately, Ingham is no longer an employee of the facility that performed the colonoscopy. It is unclear at this time whether there will be additional penalties from the Virginia Board of Medicine or other medical licensing bodies.
Most physicians and surgeons are extremely professional. Patients who are under anesthesia are vulnerable and deserve to be protected and cared for, not ridiculed. We, at Apex Gastroenterology, pride ourselves on maintaining a high level of expertise, compassion, and professionalism with every patient we have the pleasure of serving.