The Bay Area’s El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. has permanently suspended an emergency room physician who was filmed mocking and cursing at a patient who was brought in after suffering an anxiety attack early last week.
Video of the tense exchange between Dr. Beth Keegstra and patient Samuel Bardwell, 20, has been viewed more than 3.5 million times, drawing outrage from critics who demanded Keegstra’s immediate firing.
“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,” the hospital said in a news release last Thursday.
In an updated statement, the hospital confirmed its ” … contracted provider for emergency services, Vituity/California Emergency Physicians, has been notified to permanently remove this physician from the list of approved physicians assigned to provide emergency care at our hospitals.”
Bardwell was rushed to the emergency room Monday after suffering a severe panic attack after basketball practice, the San Francisco Gate reported. His dad, Donald Bardwell, said his son has a history of anxiety attacks and hadn’t taken his medicine, Klonopin, in a few days. The prescription drug is typically used to treat people who suffer from panic disorders, seizures and anxiety.
“He had a prescription waiting for him at the pharmacy but could not pick it up,” Bardwell told the newspaper. “He’s a student and he works … We didn’t know what the consequence of not taking the meds would be.”
Source: Atlanta Black Star