Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

An emergency room doctor was suspended from a hospital in Northern California after cursing and mocking a patient who said he was having an anxiety attack.

Dr. Beth Keegstra was reportedly examining 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell who was rushed to El Camino Hospital, reports theDaily Mail.

In an interview with SFGate, Donald Bardwell explained that his son has an existing history of anxiety attacks, for which he takes Klonopin, a sedative used by people who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures.

The now-viral cell phone video shows Dr. Beth Keegstra's inhumane treatment of Samuel Bardwell - a 20-year-old student from West Valley College - during his ER visit this week.

"The concerned father said he was prompted to pull out his phone and start recording after Keegstra accused him and his son, who she referred to as " people", of coming in for drugs.

"She said, 'I know why you people are here, you people who come here for drugs, '" Bardwell told the paper. When he tells Keegstra he can't get up and is having trouble breathing, she laughs and says, "He can't inhale. Wow! Are you dead, sir?".

Moments later, she tells Samuel he's "the least sick of all the people" at the hospital and begins tugging at the young man's arm, demanding that he sit up.

Efforts by ABC News to reach Keegsta for comment were not immediately successful. He said the doctor "has been removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation", and the hospital has "expressed our honest apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter".

Ms Keegstra has since been placed on leave by the hospital while an investigation ensues, an El Camino hospital spokesperson said. "He's obviously a doctor and he knows what he needs", she said, leaving the room.

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The video, which Donald Bardwell posted to Facebook, has been viewed 4.5 million times and shared 110,000 times.

"He was on medication for his anxiety, but was off his meds for two days because he couldn't get to the pharmacy before it closed", Donald Bardwell told The Mercury News.

At some point Bardwell responds saying he couldn't inhale and felt numbness and pain. "I could not move my body".

"You want us to wheel you to your house in the gurney?" the doctor quips, before laughing at Bardwell as he says it's hard for him to inhale.

"Here we go", Bardwell said. I'm just so confused of why somebody would treat me like that, Bardwell said.

Woods called Keegstra's bedside manner "unprofessional" and below the hospital's standard of care. 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.

Samuel's father attempts to step in, telling Dr. Keegstra that his son's breathing is labored.

"In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all", Donald told GMA.

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