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Los Gatos ER Doc Suspended for Mocking Patient Suffering from Anxiety Attack

Los Gatos ER Doc Suspended for Mocking Patient Suffering from Anxiety Attack

Dr Beth Keegstra can be seen in the video mocking and berating 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell, who was suffering from an apparent severe anxiety attack.

KPIX 5 reports Samuel Bardwell was rushed to El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos after he collapsed during basketball practice on Monday.

The patient usually took Klonopin, a benzodiazepine that can treat anxiety, panic attacks, or seizures. Bardwell's father, Donald, added in another Facebook post that he believed his son was experiencing Benzodiazepine withdrawal due to not taking Klonopin.

At the emergency room, they met a doctor named Beth Keegstra, who came in and introduced herself but never said her name, never asked Samuel's name, and "never really examined him", according to Donald.

The video shows Keegstra doubting Samuel Bardwell's account of what happened to him and also trying to force the man to sit up by pulling at his arm.

"I guess she was so angry and assumed he was a druggie and had drugs in his system, she thought she could talk to us any which way we wanted", Bardwell told the San Francisco Gate.

"I'm sorry, sir. You were the least sick of all the people who were here who are dying", Keegstra snaps, leaning over his hospital bed.

He said her "demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital", according to the network. 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".

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When the 6-foot-9 Bardwell told Keegstra he couldn't get up, the doctor responded. She even tries to yank him up after he clearly states that he can not move.

The video has led to social media commentators overwhelmingly take the view Keegstra was derogatory towards Bardwell, while others wondered if the ER's behavior was endemic of her treatment towards all patients or skewed against black ones.... I said, 'Please, dad, can you please take out your phone? "She was rambling on so angrily that's why I pulled out my phone".

Bradwell's father, Donald, recorded the video at El Camino Hospital.

'You want us to wheel you to your house in a gurney?' Keegstra (left and right) is heard saying on the video.

Bardwell said he has contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital. Bardwell needed anxiety medication, but the physician started claiming he came there only to get narcotics. But even if it wasn't a "race thing", that would still be a problem, he said.

Speaking with 5KPIX, Donald Bardwell said the doctor entered the cubicle with an attitude.

Dr. Keegstra was under contract at the hospital, employed through a company called Vituity.

Donald Bardwell told ABC News that he thinks Keegstra should lose her medical license. "In my mind, I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all", he told Good Morning America.


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