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A man hospitalized for an anxiety attack was taunted by his doctor

Beth KeegstraBeth Keegstra has since been "permanently" removed from the schedule at El Camino Hospital.

  • Last week, Samuel Bardwell, a 20-year-old student at West Valley College, was sent to the emergency room after having an attack during practice.
  • While in the hospital, his doctor Beth Keegstra appeared to taunt him and downplay his symptoms.
  • "I'm sorry, sir, you were the least sick of all the people who are here who are dying," Keegstra said. "There, so you picked your head up. Now don't try to tell me you can't move. C'mon, sit up."
  • Samuel's father Donald Bardwell captured the exchange on video.
  • Keegstra has since been "permanently" removed from the hospital's schedule.

Last week, Samuel Bardwell, a 20-year-old college student at West Valley College in Saratoga, California, was sent to the emergency room after having an anxiety attack during a basketball practice.

But while being treated at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, California, he didn't exactly get the help he expected. As Samuel and his father Donald Bardwell, attempted to explain his symptoms, they were mocked by the doctor treating him. Donald captured the ensuing exchange in a now-viral Facebook video.

Donald told Dr. Beth Keegstra, that Samuel had vomited and gone in and out of consciousness at basketball practice prior to coming to the emergency room. The doctor, however, became agitated upon hearing this. Keegstra repeatedly seemed to imply that Samuel was faking his symptoms so he would be given Klonopin, a sedative used to treat seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety.

Samuel, who has been diagnosed with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, had been previously prescribed Klonopin. However, he had not taken the medication for two days, as he had been unable to get to the pharmacy before it closed, Donald told Mercury News.

"I'm sorry, sir, you were the least sick of all the people who are here who are dying," Keegstra said, after Samuel explained that he wasn't feeling well as a result.

She then insisted that Samuel sit up, at one point putting her hands on him an attempt to pull him into an upright position. "There, so you picked your head up. Now don't try to tell me you can't move," she said. "C'mon, sit up."

As Keegstra continued to instruct him to sit up, Samuel told her that in addition to having a hard time moving his arms and head, he was having difficulty breathing. Upon hearing that, Keegstra began to laugh.

"He can't inhale. Wow! He must be dead. Are you dead, sir?" she said. "I don't understand. You are breathing just fine."

Keegstra continued to downplay Samuel's pain, saying he was hurting because he had exercised. Donald suggested that medication might help with Samuel's anxiety and pain, but Keegstra refused.

Shortly thereafter, the video cuts out while the audio continues, but it appears that Keegstra pulled the blankets off Samuel and encouraged him to leave the emergency room.

"I'm sorry, because, you know, I came in here wanting to help you," she said before accusing Samuel of lying and changing his story.

Ultimately, she can be heard asking someone to get Samuel a liter of fluids via IV so they can "get him out of here."

After the footage of this interaction caught traction online, El Camino Hospital CEO Dan Woods released a statement addressing the situation on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed to INSIDER that Keegstra would be "permanently" removed from the schedule at El Camino Hospital.

"Our contracted provider for emergency services, Vituity/California Emergency Physicians, has been notified to permanently remove this physician from the list of approved physicians assigned to provide emergency care at our hospitals," the representative for El Camino Hospital said.

They also said that they have been in contact with the Bardwells about the situation.

"A patient who visited the emergency department at our Los Gatos campus had an interaction with a physician whose demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital," the spokesperson said. "We have expressed our sincere apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter."

They continued: "Our number one priority is and always will be to serve our community with exceptional care and the utmost dignity and respect for all. This matter is being immediately addressed at the highest level of our organization; however, patient privacy laws prevent us from providing specific information regarding the treatment or services provided to any patient under our care."

Beth Keegstra and Samuel and Donald Bardwell didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment.





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