California ER doctor seen on video mocking patient suspended

ER doctor suspended for mocking black patient suffering anxiety attack: ‘You people come here for drugs’

A California doctor has been suspended from the hospital where she worked following an incident in which she was caught on tape berating a patient in her care.

Samuel was rushed to El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, California, after suffering from a severe anxiety attack and passing out following his school's first summer basketball workout on June 11.

The doctor asked if the patient wanted narcotics, but Bardwell's father said Samuel suffers from anxiety attacks and usually takes the drug Klonopin.

Last Monday, Samuel Bardwell, aged 20, was right in the middle of his basketball practice when he suddenly suffered an anxiety attack.

In a video shot by Donald Bardwell, he explains to Keegstra that his son has debilitating anxiety attacks and needs his anti-anxiety medication, which had run out.

"It's just heartbreaking, you know, because I've seen him go in and out of consciousness", Donald Bardwell told the station.

Dr. Keegstra even began cursing at her patient, telling him, "You have changed your story every f***ing time".

"I'm sorry sir you are the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying", Keegstra says.

The hospital released a statement saying, "This week, a patient who visited the emergency department at our Los Gatos campus had an interaction with a physician whose demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital".

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

Pictured Dr Beth Keegstra, ER doctor administering help to anxiety attack patient, Samuel Bardwell.

Keegstra yanks on Samuel Bardwell's arm, insisting that he sit up.

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

Donald Bardwell doesn't think that's enough. And when the Bardwell complained that he couldn't inhale and felt pain and numbness, the doctor sarcastically responded, "He can't inhale! Wow!" Now don't try and tell me you can't move. "Do you want us to wheel you to your house in a gurney?" I said, 'Please, dad, can you please take out your phone?

The Bardwells have contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital, ABC News reports. "It was so agonizing pain it surprised me they were urging me to get up". The mistreatment is obviously about race because she wouldn't be allowed to treat all patients like that, the father added. A spokeswoman for the Mayo Clinic said Keegstra was contracted as a "supplemental employee" at a Mayo Clinic Health System site from January 2013 to January 2016. Keegstra has been removed from a list of approved physicians assigned to emergency care at the hospital.

Donald Bardwell told ABC News that he thinks Keegstra should lose her medical license. "She was rambling on so angrily that's why I pulled out my phone".

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