A man undergoing a colonoscopy was able to record doctors insulting him while he was unconscious and is now being awarded $500,000.
Before his colonoscopy the Vienna man whose identity remains a secret, set up his smartphone to record in order to capture instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure. Instead, he discovered that while under sedation the surgical team had mocked and insulted 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,” said Dr. Tiffany Ingham the anesthesiologist.
These audio clips are excerpts from conversations between a gastroenterologist, an anesthesiologist and a medical assistant during a colonoscopy. This was entered as evidence in a lawsuit filed by the patient for defamation and medical malpractice.
According to the Washington Post, in addition to their vicious commentary, the doctors discussed avoiding the man after the colonoscopy, instructing an assistant to lie to him, and then placed a false diagnosis on his chart.
The jury awarded the plaintiff only identified as “D.B.” $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.