Man Accidentally Records Doctors Mocking Him During Colonoscopy, Wins $500K Lawsuit

A patient in Virginia accidentally recorded his doctor mocking him during a colonoscopy and won a $500,000 lawsuit. Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

What a pain in the butt. A Virginia man known as "D.B." went in for a routine colonoscopy at Dr. Tiffany Ingham's practice in 2013, and ended up learning the hard way what doctors talk about during medical procedures. Using his cell phone to record the discharge instructions, the patient forgot to stop recording and ended up accidentally taping every word said in his procedure room.

"After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op," the anesthesiologist told the sedated patient while he was under, "I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit." A medical assistant was later instructed to lie to the patient and put a false diagnosis in his medical chart.

The assistant noted their patient had a rash, and the brash anesthesiologist warned her not to touch it. "[You might get] some syphilis on your arm or something," the doctor, who also called the patient a "retard," said. "It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you'll be all right."

Ingham, 42, her colleagues, and their practices were sued for defamation and medical malpractice by the patient, who remained anonymous during the court proceedings. Following a three-day trial last week, Dr. Ingham was ordered to pay him $500,000. Her practice, Aisthesis in Bethesda, Md., is ordered to pay $50,000 in punitive damages. Ingham no longer works at the practice, and is said to have moved to Florida.

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