A woman in Houston was so convinced that her doctor was racially profiling her that she went ahead and took the extra step. She decided for her own safety, seeing that she would be unconscious during the surgery, that she would record the doctor while he was performing surgery on her, she decided to place a recording device inside her weave. What she found out was she was right in her suspicions. Now she is going public and sharing her experience with Yahoo! Beauty.
“When you are lying there and these people have you uncovered and you trust them and they speak like this, it’s a bad situation,” Ethel Easter, of Houston, tells Yahoo Beauty through tears about her experience at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, where she had hernia surgery in August to help correct a severe case of acid reflux. “It’s given me self-esteem issues.”
Easter, a real estate agent, explains that she was “caught between a rock and a hard place” when she went to meet with a surgeon through the county’s Harris Health System, one of only two qualified doctors who would accept her Affordable Care Act plan. “I was in dire need of medical attention,” she explains, as she had stabbing pains every time she ate and had just endured a grueling round of tests involving an endoscopy and tubes up her nose. The doctor told her she would have to wait two months for a surgery date, which rattled an already fragile Easter.ADVERTISEMENT
“I started crying, and he wasn’t comforting,” she says. “It was awful the way he talked to me — ‘You have to wait just like everyone else.’”
“I had no idea what would go on,” she explains, but she feared the worst. “I was afraid that if I didn’t make it [through surgery] nobody would know why, and I wanted them to know it was because he didn’t care about me as a person. Your life is in their hands. I wanted them to know.”
Among some choice samples, some of which can be heard on a recent Fox 26 news report, allegedly included: disparaging remarks about Easter’s bellybutton; negative references to her weight by calling her “Precious,” apparently a reference to the obese protagonist in the Sapphire novel and subsequent film starring Gabourey Sidibe; a mention of touching her body coupled with a reference to “Bill Cosby”; complaints about Easter’s frustration about having to wait for a surgery date (“She’s a handful”); the surgeon on a cellphone call; and a discussion about whether or not to administer her Ancef, a drug related to penicillin, to which Easter has an allergy. She alleges that he did give her the drug and that she later wound up in the ER with a severe reaction.
It is an interesting complaint and a far too common occurrence with Obama care. Patients are given fewer options and wait times for surgeries now seem to be in months.
The samples are embedded below if you are unable to view here is the link.