Ethel Easter, of Harris County, Texas, decided to record her hernia surgery by hiding a small device in her hair extensions after an unpleasant conversation with her doctor.
She had broken down and cried after he informed her she would have to wait two months to schedule the operation.
And when she played the recording back after the procedure, she was shocked to hear him and other medical professionals make nasty comments about her body – as well as talking about touching her and a reference to Bill Cosby.
After her doctor told her she would have to wait months to be scheduled for surgery, she said she told him: ‘I was like “I can’t wait for two months.”
‘He got very abrupt. He said, “who do you think you are? You have to wait just like everybody else.”
His tone made her nervous, she said, so she decide to hide the recorder in her braided weave before her surgery at a hospital operated by Harris Health System.
As soon as she is heard starting to snore on tape, the doctor is heard talking about her with his colleagues in the operating room.
‘She’s a handful. She had some choice words for us in the clinic when we didn’t book her case in two weeks,’ he says.
He repeats a comment he claims Easter made about calling a lawyer about the issue while others are heard laughing.
One man asks: ‘That doesn’t seem like the thing to say to the person who’s going to do your surgery.’
Easter says the medical professionals also made hurtful comments about her body and called her ‘Precious’ – a reference to Gabourey Sidibe’s character in the 2009 film.
‘Did you see her belly button?’ a woman is heard asking, followed by the sound of laughs.
‘It was Precious meet Precious, as though I was this big, fat, Black woman,’ Easter told reporters.
She added that some of the medics called her a ‘queen’ and her doctor remarked that he felt sorry for her husband.
While Easter says she does not intend to sue anyone, she wants to share her story.
A Harris Health System spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
source: African Globe