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Black Woman Hides Tape Recorder in Braids, Catches Surgeons Mocking Her During Operation

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Houston resident Ethel Easter was set to undergo a hernia surgery at her local county-operated hospital. Prior to scheduling the surgery, Easter met with her appointed surgeon who told her she would have to wait an additional 2 months to schedule surgery. When Easter communicated that she was gravely ill and could not wait 2 months for the procedure the surgeon was abrupt and callous, and disregarded her pain.

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Because of the tone of the pre-operative conversation, Easter felt moved to record the surgery. During the procedure she wore a weave that allowed her to easily conceal her audio recording device.

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As soon as Easter was put to sleep the disparaging comments began. They ranged from the surgeon noting she was a “handful” to making disturbing references about her body and touching her inappropriately. One member of the operating staff referred to Easter as “Precious”.

Did you see her belly button?” says a female voice on the tape, followed by laughter.
“Precious meet Precious,” says a male operating room member to the anesthesiologist.
You can hear an OR staff member refer to her as “always the queen.” A surgeon repeats the phrase and says he feels sorry for her husband.

It was… as though I was this big fat black woman,” Easter said.

You can hear some of the soundbites from the surgery in this video.

While there is no word on what resolution Easter is seeking, a spokesperson for the Harris Health System, which oversees the hospital facility where the surgery was conducted, has informed Easter that this incident will serve to remind staff to “be mindful of their comments all times.” But so far, there have been no apologies.

What would you do if you were in Easter’s position?

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cryssi
cryssi
4 years ago

Lawsuits, this is disturbing and could potentially limit her trust of doctors and getting any surgery performed in the future.

OXxo
OXxo
4 years ago
Reply to  cryssi

It has already done so.

Personally I have a fear of seeing male doctors. I’ve seen two in the last 4 years.

The first one was dismissive because I was repeating to him what a specialist had told me, who treats one of the conditions I have everyday. The specialist is female so obviously does not know what she is talking about.

The second male doctor was absolutely fine. I was actually going to change my appointment to a female doctor I was so scared to see him.

Ally
Ally
4 years ago
Reply to  cryssi

I totally agree with you. That doctor and the other staff should lose their jobs too. They think that they can treat people any way and get away with it. I would bet you anything that this lady was not the first person he did something like this, she was just the first person to catch him. Serves the bastard right…

OXxo
OXxo
4 years ago

There is plenty of research that backs up that doctors disregard women’s pain especially if the doctor is male. So I’m not surprised that they made rude comments when she went against what the male surgeon stated.

Having experienced issues myself that were only taken seriously when less and newly qualified female medical practitioners intervened, I suggest that all women try and ensure that the doctors they see are female. That way you have a better chance of being taken seriously.

BGLHRinny
BGLHRinny
4 years ago
Reply to  OXxo

You know this reminds me of this episode of “Golden Girls” where Bea Arthur’s character confronts the doctor who doesn’t take her illness seriously: https://youtu.be/Zovd9eKvy8s

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  OXxo

For me, it’s Black female physicians. I’ve just gotten to the point where I only trust my own kind. (But that’s just me…)

Patient Zero
Patient Zero
4 years ago
Reply to  OXxo

Let’s not erase the racial component here. White doctors treat Black patients worse. Period.

Hello
Hello
4 years ago
Reply to  Patient Zero

The surgeon was black

Ummm
Ummm
4 years ago
Reply to  OXxo

There was a female voice mocking her too… This is tied to racism. White feminists love to leave that part out. Good luck trying to only find Black surgeons in a white supremacy that consistently fails black kids in academia and medicine.

Hello
Hello
4 years ago
Reply to  Ummm

The surgeon was black..

abbiethrills
abbiethrills
4 years ago
Reply to  Hello

Black people can still internalize anti black racism.

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

They need to.be made an example. I.would sue them.if I.were.her. BE YOUR own advocate! Know what’s best for you and your body!

Follow @offensivedialog
Follow @offensivedialog
4 years ago
Reply to  TWA4now

She needs to sue him and file a complaint with the medical board as well as seek other possible victims. Ruining someone’s life might make others in the same profession behave professionally.

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

True, no one deserves that!

F. Dunn
F. Dunn
4 years ago

In the initial visit with the Dr she noted how unconcerned he was with her when she mentioned she didn’t have 2 months to wait for surgery, that should have raised all sorts of red flags. If he acted callous and uncaring there is no way I would have trusted him to perform any type of surgery on me.

mariah asphalt
mariah asphalt
4 years ago

Again, racism rears its ugly head. That’s why that doc spoke to her the way he did in the first place. Anything to disparage a Black person.

$26503023
$26503023
4 years ago
Reply to  mariah asphalt

The surgeon is black.

zeakyarteest
zeakyarteest
4 years ago

Shameful behaviour.

Follow @offensivedialog
Follow @offensivedialog
4 years ago

When I see a white doctor for anything, I visit the office. If I see Fox News, similar print news, or confederate flags on license plates outside, I cancel.

Follow @offensivedialog
Follow @offensivedialog
4 years ago

This doctor was black? Must be from Atlanta. Black on black racism in atlanta is the worst. (Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain are Georgians)

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago

Are you sure he’s Black? Did you check it out for yourself?

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago

Who whites prefer to see is their business. I have nothing to do with that. I only trust my own kind and that has nothing to do with YOU!

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

Sure it does. When people scream about imaginary “racism” when in fact it is nothing more than people freely choosing not to associate with persons they don’t feel safe associating with yet those same people engage in that same pattern of behavior, the hypocrisy demands honest people make note of it.

Who I hire or rent property too is also subject to that same type of metrics in determining an answer.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

There’s no point in going back and forth with your type. Not only is it futile, it’s pointless. Whatever point you’re attempting to make, hold on to that.
Communicating with someone who’s on the outside looking in is lunacy.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago

It’s none of my business who whites prefer to give their patronage. It has nothing to do with me, just as my preference of physicians has nothing to do with YOU!

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago

Right. So it is “racism” if I refuse to engage in a voluntary business transaction with blacks for fear of my personal safety but it’s not racism for you too do the same.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

You’ve proven my point!

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

Right. You engage in racist behavior and that is magically not racist.……

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

I never said it wasn’t. YOU DID!

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

Stop it! My intense dislike of you has nothing to with racism because I have no power over you. You people can’t differentiate prejudice from racism…
…AND ANOTHER THING!:
For the most part, calling a Black person a racist isn’t an insult. It’s a baffling thing to call a Black person, but it’s definitely not an insult.

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

“You people” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA …you are quite capable of making a qualitative judgement for / against a person based upon that person’s skin color and that is what makes you, or anyone else, a racist. It was not meant to be an insult, just an assessment of your hate based attitude. YOUR OWN WORDS: “Lucky502 For me, it’s Black female physicians. I’ve just gotten to the point where I only trust my own kind. (But that’s just me…)” That is an inherently sexist, racist and segregationist mentality on your part. I cannot understand how you have the balls to deny the reality that… Read more »

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

You’re on a roll because you’re WRONG again. “You people” refers to people who share your perspectives as it pertains to this subject. Stop being so paranoid about race. lol.

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

Your racism is far too blunt, as evidenced by your comment in my last message, to be denied or downplayed. You didn’t even try to make excuses.

Stop being a racist.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

You’re irrational and overemotional and can’t discern “prejudice” from “racist”.
Your perspective of me is not my problem.
FOH talking about “making qualitative judgments about others based upon immutable characteristics such as skin color…” Rolls eyes.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

Before you go any further, be sure to GET THE FUCK REAL! You’re talking that hypothetical shit, but I’m talking about a true-to-life event! You’re blowing lame smoke about a white entity doing business with Black businessmen. Now let’s keep it real, how often does THAT happen? You’ve earn the prestigious “GTFOH with that Garbage” award. You’ve earned it.

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

Almost all inter-racial crime is black perpetrator and white victim. Black on white rape is an epidemic, it is almost impossible to find a black woman’s raped by a white male. Facts are facts.…blacks are disproportionately violent criminals.…whites have valid reasons to refrain from being around blacks.

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago

You have no idea what you are talking about. It’s sad you are confused by standard definitions of common English language words.

Its long past that time where you crawl back into that racist fever swamp from which you crept.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

Yawwwnn…
Same spiel; different moron.

ssgncng
ssgncng
4 years ago
Reply to  Lucky502

You went from making a racist statement to lying about it and now on to the name calling. You’re the black, female version of David Duke.

Lucky502
Lucky502
4 years ago
Reply to  ssgncng

Dewd, once again you’re incapable of proving your claim, but per usual that was already anticipated. In fact, it’s come to be expected of you.

Deirdre Gilbert
4 years ago

All across this country we are hearing these stories and it is time to speak up and out against medical negligence, abuse. Our organization helps those who have been affected by medical mistakes. http://www.nmmaa.org

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