Sunday 25 September 2016

Woman secretly records her own surgery and what she heard was deeply upsetting

‘Did you see her belly button?’ someone is allegedly heard asking, before laughing

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 06/04/2016 | 14:49

Ethel Easter told Fox26 she secretly recorded her surgery after an upsetting meeting with her doctor. Photo: YouTube
Ethel Easter told Fox26 she secretly recorded her surgery after an upsetting meeting with her doctor. Photo: YouTube

A woman has allegedly captured the insulting remarks made about her by a surgeon and operating room staff while she was under anaesthetic, after she hid a recording device in her hair.

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Ethel Easter, from Texas, was undergoing surgery for a hernia when the operating room staff allegedly called her “a handful,” compared her to the title character from 2009 film Precious, talked about touching her and made a reference to Bill Cosby.

Ms Easter told Fox26 she had decided to record her surgery after a meeting with her doctor from Harris Health Systems that left her in tears.

She said that when the doctor informed her she would need to wait two months for surgery, she was shocked. She said she felt unable to wait and described the surgeon as becoming “very abrupt” before being asked, “Who do you think you are?” and being told she would have to wait like everyone else.

Ms Easter said she did not like her surgeon’s tone. When she came to have surgery she hid a recording device in her hair, which she had tied up for the procedure.

Fox26 has obtained part of the tape, in which the surgeon is allegedly heard saying: “She’s a handful and had some choice words for us in the clinic when we didn’t book her case in two weeks,” once Ms Easter is under the anaesthetic.

He allegedly quotes her as saying, “I’m going to call a lawyer and file a complaint,” to which someone responds: “That doesn’t seem like the kind of thing to say to the person whose going to do your surgery.”

Later in the tape a woman is reportedly heard saying: “Did you see her belly button?” before laughing.

Harris Health Systems has yet to respond to a request for comment from The Independent.

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