A jury in Fairfax County, Virginia awarded a man $500,000 after he recorded his surgical team repeatedly insulting him while he was under anesthesia during his colonoscopy, the Washington Post reported.
The recording captures the anesthesiologist, identified as 42-year-old Tiffany M. Ingham, telling the patient, “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.”
Ingham is also heard telling a medical assistant she might get “some syphilis on your arm or something” if she touched a rash she spotted on the patient, adding, “It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right.”
According to the Post, the plaintiff — identified in court documents as “D.B.” to protect his identity — began recording the procedure on his smartphone before being placed under anesthesia, in hopes of capturing instructions from his gastroenterologist, 48-year-old Soloman Shah, following the procedure in April 2013.
Instead, the audio captured Shah joining in on the verbal abuse, telling the assistant, “Just tell him Dr. Shah said everything, you’re just not remembering it.” Ingham then advises Shah to set up a “fake page” so he can avoid talking to the patient.
Shah also complained that patients in Virginia were more “holier than thou” compared to Texas.
“Too much Internet use, a little too much information,” he said.
Juror Farid Khairzada told the Post that the $500,000 award was a compromise, since the patient originally filed a $1.75 million defamation and medical malpractice suit against the surgical team, while at least one juror thought D.B. should not have been compensated at all. The patient was awarded $100,000 for the defamation, as well as $200,000 for medical malpractice and another $200,000 in punitive damages.
“We finally came to a conclusion that we have to give him something, just to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Khairzada said.
Attorneys for Shah and his team argued that the patient’s recording was illegal because the phone was hidden in the patient’s pants, which were under the operating table at the time. But D.B’s lawyers countered that under state law, only one party involved in any conversation can consent to recording it.
Listen to the verbal abuse from Shah and Ingham, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
Trump’s Russian arms control negotiator failed to disclose ties to Russian agent’s boyfriend: report
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Andrea Thompson, a State Department official in managing U.S. arms control negotiations with Russia, had a years-long personal friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina — and failed to disclose this either to the Senate during her confirmation hearings, or to her superiors at the State Department.
CNN analyst demolishes White House’s latest attempt to stonewall Congress: ‘There is no provision for this immunity’
Ahead of former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks being called to Congress to testify about former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — during which she was, by all accounts, less than helpful — the Trump administration took the unprecedented step of advising Congress that Hicks was given "immunity" from talking to them by the president.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," national security analyst Shawn Turner demolished this legal strategy.
‘A wild, disgusting, ugly ride’: MSNBC analyst warns 2020 will be ‘desperate’ Trump running to avoid arrest
During a panel discussion with political pundits, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace warned that we're about to enter one of worst campaigns of our lives.
Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker noted that President Donald Trump's Orlando kickoff was essentially a repeat of his 2016 kickoff, with the same policies and same promises.
"It felt like déjà vu for both of us who covered the 2016 campaign because it was the same 'populist' messages, same grievances, same lines, even and the same response with the same crowd. And the same logo," Rucker said.
But it was MoveOn communications chief Karine Jean-Pierre that warned of a horrific election season as Trump runs a race not only for his presidency but for his life.