Doctors and staff trash sedated patient during colonoscopy in shocking audio

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 5:41 PM

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A man who pressed record on his smartphone to capture post-colonoscopy instructions from the doctor ended up recording the entire exam, including the conversation among surgical team members who mocked and insulted him as soon as he was out.  (Source: Washington Post

Scroll down to hear the audio.

The doctors also are heard discussing an incorrect diagnosis the anesthesiologist reportedly noted on the man’s chart and lying to him later.

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Some of the highlights of the audio:

  • The anesthesiologist, 42-year-old tiffany M. Ingham, was heard saying to him, as he lay sedated, “After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.”
  • A medical assistant commented on the man’s rash, prompting the anesthesiologist to advise her to avoid it, else she might get “some syphilis on your arm or something. It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right.”
  • The gastroenterologist who performed the colonoscopy, 48-year-old Solomon Shah, was heard saying, “As long as it’s not Ebola, you’re okay.” 
  • Shah was heard saying other things as well, even telling an assistant to lie to the man once he regained consciousness.
  • An assistant mocked the man for getting queasy as he watched a needle placed in his arm, and the anesthesiologist is heard saying, “Well, why are you looking then, retard?”

It’s pretty much a patient’s nightmare, and a jury agreed, ordering the anesthesiologist and her practice to pay the man, who remained anonymous, $500,000.

The attorneys for both doctors named in the suit argued they were recorded illegally, but in Virginia, only one person in a conversation needs to know about the recording.

>> Click here to listen to audio on mobile. 


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Police: Teen girl staged robbery, set up friend to be victim

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Susan Marie Mize
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Susan Marie Mize(Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

A 17-year-old Texas girl and two underage accomplices are accused of staging a robbery and subsequent carjacking in a bid for cash, according to investigators.

Susan Marie Mize, of Spring, is charged with aggravated felony robbery, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The two alleged accomplices, ages 16 and 15, are also being charged in the case. 

Lt. Scott Spencer, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release Monday that deputies were called to a grocery store near Spring on Friday because two teens had reported to Harris County deputies that they’d been robbed in Montgomery County. 

The responding deputies learned that their Harris County counterparts were called to two separate homes where Mize and her friend, whose name is being withheld because he is a victim of a crime, each said they were robbed, Spencer said

Investigators learned that Mize asked her male friend if he wanted to earn $150 by driving a couple of her friends to Houston, Spencer said. He agreed, and the pair drove to a park in Montgomery County to pick up Mize’s friends.

They met with the 16-year-old boy and, while awaiting their second alleged passenger, the 15-year-old boy, wearing a mask, approached the driver’s side door of the male victim’s car and brandished what the victim thought was a handgun, according to the news release.

The 15-year-old ordered the victim into the backseat of the car while the older suspect waved a knife around and ordered that the victim be tied up with Mize’s shoelaces, Spencer said.

“The two males then robbed (the victim) of the money in his wallet while striking him numerous times and threatening his life with the knife and gun,” Spencer said

The two male suspects then drove the victim to a store and untied him so he could use the ATM inside to withdraw cash from his account, the news release stated. The 16-year-old went inside with him.

“The suspect and (victim) return to the car, at which time (the victim) is tied back up with Susan’s shoelaces,” Spencer said. “The suspects then take Susan home, per her request. Susan is dropped off at her residence, but never calls 911 to report what was happening to (the victim).”

The victim convinced the underage boys that he had more cash at home that he would hand over if they drove him there. When the trio arrived at the boy’s home, the suspects waited for him in the car while he went inside.

The victim immediately locked the door and told his parents what happened, Spencer said. His parents called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The boys fled in the victim’s vehicle, which Harris County deputies soon found at another park, along with the teens. Both were taken into custody. 

During the subsequent investigation, detectives learned that Mize was part of the plan, Spencer said. 

“Susan believed (the victim) was an easy target and the plan was for the males to rob him for the money in his wallet,” Spencer said. “Susan advised (that) tying (him) up and taking his car was not her idea or part of the plan.”

Investigators who searched the car said they found a kitchen knife and two guns, both of which turned out to be BB guns, the news release stated. 

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Dallas Mayor pro tem tells NRA it can hold annual convention someplace else

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

NRA Told To Hold Annual Convention Someplace Else By Dallas Mayor Pro Tem

The National Rifle Association was planning to hold its annual convention in Dallas, but a city lawmaker has asked the gun lobby group to consider finding another host city. 

Dwaine Caraway warned the NRA that it will be met with “marches and demonstrations” if the group still holds its three-day meeting in the city in which he serves as mayor pro tem, ABC News reported.

The  147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits are scheduled to be held May 4-6. It is free for all NRA members. 

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Caraway told ABCNews that he is “putting all citizens first” with his request to the NRA to reconsider.

If the group moves the meeting, Dallas could lose up to $40 million from the 80,000 members attending, USAToday reported.

The NRA responded after Caraway’s request.

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesperson for the NRA, told WFAA, “No politician anywhere can tell the NRA not to come to their city. We are already there. Dallas, like every American city and community, is populated by NRA members. Our members work in fire stations and police departments. They save lives in local hospitals and own businesses in communities, urban and rural, throughout the country.”

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Fox News reported that Caraway is a gun owner who says he believes in the Second Amendment, but is challenging the NRA to come to the table to work with leaders to increase gun safety through laws.

The NRA has come under fire after the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and teachers were killed and more than a dozen were wounded, NBC News reported.

The gunman, who is 19 years old, owned 10 rifles, CNN reported. He was able to buy them legally, Fox News and The Associated Press reported. That was despite having previous treatment at a mental health clinic and comments on YouTube, attributed to him, that he was going to be a professional school shooter, the AP reported. The FBI said it couldn’t confirm who posted the comment, the AP reported.

Last year, the NRA held its annual convention in Atlanta. President Donald Trump was a keynote speaker during the meetings, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott was also a speaker at last year’s meetings. He currently has an A-plus rating by the NRA, which helped him get re-elected last year, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Students and their families who were directly affected by last week’s shooting are now speaking out against Scott and anyone who has been backed by the NRA.

Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to the Tampa Bay Times, said that, “These people who are being funded by the NRA are not going to be allowed to remain in office when midterm elections roll around. They’re going to be voted out of office.” 

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This year’s event guest speakers include NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Benghazi survivor Mark Geist, Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. and political commentator Tomi Lahren.


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FBI: Partygoer broke off 2,000-year-old statue’s thumb, took it home after selfie shot

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

FILE PHOTO: Replications of the Chinese Terracotta Army are seen at the floating stage of the Bregenz opera.
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FILE PHOTO: Replications of the Chinese Terracotta Army are seen at the floating stage of the Bregenz opera.(Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

A statue that stood guard, buried and undamaged for more than 2,000 years, couldn’t contend with a man at a private party in Philadelphia who just had to sneak off and take a selfie, according to multiple media reports.

The man, later identified as Michael Rohana, 24, was seen in a restricted area at the Franklin Institute during a party on Dec. 21 that was held after-hours at the museum, The New York Times reported.

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The museum discovered the missing digit on Jan. 8. FBI officials then identified Rohana as a suspect a week later.

FBI officials said Rohana used his cellphone’s flash as a light source to see the displays. He then put his arm around one of the famous Terracotta warriors to snap a selfie, The New York Times reported. After the photo-op, the FBI said Rohana then snapped off the thumb from the statue’s left hand and took it home to Delaware.

FBI officials said Rohana admitted to taking the thumb from the statue. He then took agents to his bedroom to retrieve the thumb from his desk, The Washington Post reported.

The statue is at the Franklin Institute with nine others currently on loan from China. It is worth $4.5 million, USAToday reported.

The installation runs until March 4.

Rohana has been charged with theft of an object of cultural heritage from a museum, concealment of the object and interstate transportation of stolen goods. He’s free on $15,000 personal recognizance bond, The Washington Post reported.

Museum officials said that a security contractor didn’t follow the museum’s closing procedures after the party, The New York Times reported.

For more on the history of the Terracotta warriors, click here.

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Florida teen brings knife to school with list of students' names, deputies say

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:16 PM

Authorities booked Benjamin Mendoza, 18, into jail in Collier County, Florida, on charges of possession of a weapon on school property and interfering or disrupting school administration functions.
Collier County Jail
Authorities booked Benjamin Mendoza, 18, into jail in Collier County, Florida, on charges of possession of a weapon on school property and interfering or disrupting school administration functions.(Collier County Jail)

A Florida high school student was arrested Monday after deputies said he brought a knife, gas mask and other disturbing items to school.

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Benjamin Mendoza, 18, was booked into the Collier County Jail on charges of possession of a weapon on school property and interfering/disrupting school administration functions. 

Deputies said they received a tip about Mendoza Friday from someone who said Mendoza had brought a gas mask to Palmetto Ridge High School and previously had made disturbing comments to him about the Las Vegas mass shooting.

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When confronted at the school, northwest of Naples, detectives found several items in Mendoza’s backpack, including: 

  • A fake, but realistic-looking, Los Angeles Police Department badge;  
  • A drawing of a body with bullet holes to the chest and the words “dead ha ha dead” written on the back of the paper; 
  • A small notebook containing stories and drawings depicting victims and suspects in murders and other crimes;  
  • A Palmetto Ridge High School map; and
  • A note that said “shoot up school” and “school shoot animae (cq) dead.”

Mendoza also had a map of the school and a list of students names in his backpack, the Naples Daily News reported.

Other students also told detectives that they saw Mendoza with a knife and gas mask at school. 

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