Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

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

An emergency room physician has been suspended after a video showing an tense dispute with a patient went viral.

Bardwell's father, Donald, told the San Jose Mercury News his son suffers anxiety attacks and takes the drug Klonopin.

Mr Bardwell's basketball coach at West Valley College Scott Eitelgeorge said the young man appeared to be "having a pretty severe anxiety attack" during practice before collapsing on the ground outside.

Mr. Bardwell's father said he chose to record the interaction with ER physician Beth Keegstra, MD, after she reportedly entered his son's room with a security guard.

"I'm sorry, sir, you are the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying", Ms Ms Keegstra tells Mr Bardwell in the video.

When he tells her he can not inhale, she laughs in disbelief.

She then accuses Samuel of being able to put his head up before attempting to force him to sit up, despite his verbal objections. The doctor also referred to the patient and his father, who are African-American, as "you people".

Keegstra could not immediately be reached Monday for comment.

Wood said the doctor's 'demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital'.

In a June 15 statement, El Camino Hospital said it has apologized to Mr. Bardwell and his family and that Dr. Keegstra "has been removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation".

ER doctor suspended for mocking black patient suffering anxiety attack: ‘You people come here for drugs’
Doctor suspended after video of tense stand-off with patient goes viral

When the 6-foot-9 Bardwell told Keegstra he couldn't get up, the doctor responded. She allegedly started pulling on his arm to get him up.

In the video, Bardwell is heard telling the doctor that Samuel had vomited and "was going in an out of consciousness" during the episode.

Since Donald Bardwell uploaded the video to Facebook, the clip has been shared over 106,000 times and been viewed by more than 4.2 million people. "I need you to take out your phone now cause I have a feeling something is gonna happen".

Samuel said he has contacted a lawyer and is considering suing the hospital. "I could not move my body".

"You want us to wheel you to your house in the gurney?" she said.

After Bardwell says he's unable to inhale, Keegstra laughs: 'He can't inhale? Wow.

As they continued to argue about Bardwell's care, the doctor asked him whether he needed narcotics. The mistreatment is obviously about race because she wouldn't be allowed to treat all patients like that, the father added. "It was so agonizing pain it surprised me they were urging me to get up".

Dr. Keegstra was under contract at the hospital, employed through a company called Vituity.

Samuel's father attempts to step in, telling Dr. Keegstra that his son's breathing is labored. The horrifying video shows the doctor repeatedly making fun of, swearing at, and even trying to pull him up out of his hospital bed, and has now been suspended for her vicious treatment of a patient in need.

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