A California doctor who thought it was amusing to mock an ER patient has sparked outrage after video cursing out a man in distress goes viral.
Samuel Bardwell, a 20-year-old student at West Valley College in Saratoga, made a trip to the El Camino Hospital Los Gatos after passing out during a basketball practice on June 11, The Mercury News reported. "He must be dead". Are you dead, sir?' "I just need a pain reliever and anxiety medication, because I'm in pain and I have anxiety", Samuel Bardwell says. "This is not labored breathing".
Wood said the doctor's "demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital".
Bardwell (pictured) suffers from anxiety attacks and takes the drug Klonopin, according to his father. "We didn't know what the effect of not taking the meds would be". "For the record this is my son", Donald posted on Facebook. Keegstra couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.
Samuel Bardwell was ultimately treated for dehydration and released. Research has shown that those who suddenly stop taking Clonazepam, or Klonopin, can experience "discontinuation symptoms", such as "anxiety, shaking/trembling/tremor, nausea/vomiting, insomnia/nightmares, excessive sweating, tachycardia/palpitations, headache, weakness, and muscle aches".
Bardwell said he has contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital. And when the Bardwell complained that he couldn't inhale and felt pain and numbness, the doctor sarcastically responded, "He can't inhale! Wow!"
Bardwell reportedly was having trouble breathing and then Keegstra laughed: "He can't inhale? Wow".
From that point on, the conversation was captured on camera.
Bardwell's father recorded the video after his son urged him to do so as Keegstra allegedly started pulling and tugging on the patient forcefully.
"Sure", Keegstra replied. "And he doesn't have Klonopin because he doesn't have his Klonopin".
El Camino Hospital has removed Keegstra from the work schedule, pending further investigation.
"You are the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying".
'There, so you picked your head up. Now don't try to tell me you can't move.
Keegstra yanks on Samuel Bardwell's arm, insisting that he sit up.
'You want us to wheel you to your house in a gurney?' Keegstra (left and right) is heard saying on the video.
"She never first came in and introduced herself", Bardwell recalled. Keegstra says, later adding "this is ridiculous". "I need you to take out your phone now cause I have a feeling something is gonna happen".
It ends with her accusing Samuel Bardwell of changing his story and using an expletive at him. "Put an IV in him, give him a liter of fluid and we'll get him out of here". "He's obviously a doctor and he knows what he needs", she said, leaving the room.
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".
She also entered the room with a security guard. Keegstra has been a practicing physician for 31 years.
The spokeswoman said Keegstra is no longer at the Mayo Clinic.
When he tells her he can not inhale, she laughs in disbelief. "In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all", he said.