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

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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.

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Marine’s murder in Belize remains unsolved one year later

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 3:08 AM

(Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
(Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brandon Barfield has kept his best friend’s room just the way he left it. Drew DeVoursney’s black suit still hangs in the closet of the West Palm Beach home they shared. And his guitar — the one he used to perform Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers songs while they were both deployed in Iraq — rests beside the bed he slept in. To Barfield, it feels fitting to keep everything in place, including DeVoursney’s poster of “Jeremiah Johnson,” their favorite movie.

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The two became fast friends serving alongside one another with the U.S. Marine Corps in Fallujah in 2004, then a dark and violent battleground where both men narrowly survived rocket-propelled grenade attacks. When they returned home from the war, they bought five acres near Corozal Bay, planning to develop a vacation home on it.

And then Drew disappeared.

A year ago this month in a remote sugar cane field near the Mexican border, a farmer found the bodies of Drew, 36, and his Canadian girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52, a mother of two. They had been missing for nearly a week. Both had been strangled. Tape was found on their wrists. The killings — which have drawn international media attention — remain unsolved.

“He was my brother,” said Barfield, 36, a commercial fisherman who, like DeVoursney, once lived in Georgia and still has family in the Peach State. “I think about him every day.”

The U.S. State Department referred questions about the investigation to Belizean authorities. Belize’s police department and the prime minister’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The FBI confirmed it is still assisting with the investigation, but declined to comment further.

‘No closure for the families’

The same week they recovered the bodies, Belize police confirmed they had detained a Canadian man, John Deshaies, calling him a person of interest in the double-murder investigation. He was accused of stealing from a local casino but has not been charged in connection with the killings.

Deshaies, who rented space on the ground floor of Matus’ seaside home in Belize, denied involvement in the murders, telling local television reporters, “Not at all. She is a very good friend of mine. Absolutely not.” Deshaies pleaded not guilty to the theft and handling stolen goods charges and was released on bail the same month he was arrested. Reached by email this month, his attorney, Estevan Perera, said there were no new developments in Deshaies’ legal case.

Meanwhile, DeVoursney’s mother, Char, said her family has not heard any news from the U.S. government about the hunt for her son’s killers over the past few months.

“It’s been real, real quiet and frustrating,” said the divorcée, who lives in the Atlanta area.

Colin McGowan, a Scottish expatriate who helped coordinate an extensive search for DeVoursney and Matus before their bodies were found north of Corozal, is also frustrated.

“It is a year later,” said McGowan, co-owner of Scotty’s Bar and Grill, where the couple were last seen before they disappeared. “There has been nothing — no closure for the families.”

Bringing Drew home

Barfield remembers the day he met DeVoursney in Fallujah in late 2004, when U.S. troops were battling a robust insurgency in the city. DeVoursney walked into the communication shop where Barfield worked and asked for help with an equipment repair job. Striking up a conversation, they realized they were both Southerners and huge Florida State University football fans.

The oldest of two sons, DeVoursney was born in Thomasville, Ga., less than 40 miles north of Tallahassee, where Barfield grew up. They also had their differences. Barfield is extremely outgoing, while DeVoursney could enjoy spending time by himself. And while Barfield plays golf, DeVoursney was into soccer.

“Totally opposite of me,” Barfield said. “We battled all the time about soccer and golf. I thought soccer was stupid. He thought golf was stupid.”

Last year, Barfield sprang into action after learning DeVoursney was missing in Belize. Barfield alerted the FBI. He started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for hiring a private investigator. And he traveled to Belize, transforming himself into an amateur detective and interviewing dozens of people about what happened.

Those in Corozal who knew of DeVoursney and his bigheartedness went out of their way to help him, Barfield said, generously discounting Barfield’s hotel room and loaning him a truck while he was in town. Barfield found himself enjoying the benefits of the goodwill DeVoursney had sowed in Corozal.

“When we went there to try to get answers, the town was nothing but helpful,” Barfield said.

Barfield returned with DeVoursney’s remains to the United States, calling the experience “crushing.” He later shared his notes with the FBI.

Barfield is now engaged to be married and hopes to one day start a family. If that happens, Barfield said, he will keep DeVoursney’s memory alive by telling his children about him — about his kindness, his generosity, his genuineness.

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Delta warns of flight cancellations due to subtropical storm Alberto

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

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Delta Air Lines is warning that it expects it will have to cancel flights due to subtropical storm Alberto.

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The storm is expected to make landfall just west of Panama City on Monday afternoon with heavy rain and strong wind affecting areas in Alberto’s path, according to Delta.

Atlanta-based Delta said it expects delays and cancellations as the storm moves through the Gulf Coast this week.

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Travelers should check their flight status.

Sunday, Delta said it had canceled six flights due to the storm, all of them flights between Atlanta and Key West.

Delta is also waiving certain change fees for any of its customers with flights booked to, from or through Destin, Panama City, Mobile, Key West, Pensacola or Tallahassee on Sunday or Monday who want to change their flight schedules.

Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier in Atlanta, is also allowing passengers with flights booked through certain cities to re-book without paying an additional charge.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 21:30 UTC, and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the the Gulf of Mexico. The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. (NOAA via AP)(AP)
Southwest’s waiver applies to passengers with flights booked to, from or through Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Panama City or Pensacola.

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15-year-old girl missing since Tuesday in Mississippi, parents want answers

Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 1:28 AM

(Fox13Memphis.com)
(Fox13Memphis.com)

A Mississippi family is desperate for answers after one of their own, 15-year-old Eileen Betlinski-Brown, went missing Tuesday in Horn Lake, Mississippi.

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“It’s just way, way, way too real. I guess you call it stressful to say the least. Scary. Not knowing what’s happening,” said Eileen’s grandfather, James Betlinski.

Betlinski said several days after Eileen went missing, her mother texted her to come home. She never did. 

Eileen was last seen before visiting a friend’s house. Betlinski said that friend, however, isn’t saying anything about her whereabouts.

“The other girl, for whatever reason, isn’t talking. Just will not say,” Betlinski said.

WHBQ-TV reached out to Horn Lake, Southaven and Memphis Police for an update on Eileen. Southaven Police consider the 15-year-old as a runaway at this point.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto strengthens bringing gusty winds, heavy rains, storm surge to Gulf region

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:33 PM

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Tropical storm warnings are up across Florida and along parts of the Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto lumbers across the Gulf of Mexico ruining Memorial Day holiday plans for thousands of vacationers.

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Update May 27, 2018 11:30 p.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is about 95 miles from Apalachicola, Florida and continues to move north at 9 mph. 

The Tropical Storm Warning from the Anclote to the Suwanee River has ended, according  to the National Hurricane Center

Update May 27, 2018 5:05 p.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to move north, north west with no change in strength. 

The Tropical Storm Warning along the west coast of Florida south of the Anclote River has ended, according to the National Hurricane Center

The Storm Surge Warning for the northern Gulf Coast of west of Navarre, Florida has ended. 

Update May 27, 2018 11 a.m. EDT: Subtropical Storm Alberto is strengthening with wind speeds clocked at 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, or NHC. The storm is moving north at 14 mph and it’s located about 130 miles southwest of Tampa.

Isolated tornadoes are possible as Alberto closes in on the region. Forecasters are predicting Alberto will make landfall sometime late Sunday or Monday, bringing gusty winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge to parts of the Gulf Coast.

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“Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida today. The risk for heavy rainfall and flooding will then spread over much of the southeast U.S. tonight and Monday,” according to the NHC.

The NHC is warning of “dangerous surf and rip current conditions” along parts of the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Monday.

 

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A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Florida Gulf Coast including from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River as well as north near the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Heavy rainfall is expected as the storm, with sustained winds of 40 mph, continues to move at 13 mph through the Dry Tortugas. 

Five day forecast map. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A storm surge watch has also been issued for parts of Florida and the Mississippi/Alabama border, officials said

The latest forecast ends the tropical storm and storm surge watch for parts of Louisiana. 

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