Samuel Bardwell, 20, a newly enrolled student at West Valley College in Saratoga was rushed to El Camino Hospital in nearby Los Gatos when he suffered what doctors say was a severe anxiety attack and passed out following the school's first summer basketball workout on June 11.
Donald Bardwell said his son has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a sedative that treats panic disorder. The young man's father, Donald Bardwell, posted the video on Facebook on Tuesday, where it appears that Keegstra was mocking both father and son, and referring to Samuel as the "least sick of all the people who are here who are dying". "I don't understand, you are breathing just fine", Keegstra said in the video, laughing.
"You want us to wheel you to your house in the gurney?" the doctor quips, before laughing at Bardwell as he says it's hard for him to inhale.
The video has led to social media commentators overwhelmingly take the view Keegstra was derogatory towards Bardwell, while others wondered if the ER's behavior was endemic of her treatment towards all patients or skewed against black ones....
She then asked Bardwell mockingly, "Are you dead, sir?".
The doctor, who Bardwell reportedly waited four hours to see, begins to loudly tell the 20-year-old to "sit up" and is seen trying to push him upwards on the hospital bed.
In a statement, El Camino Hospital CEO Dan Woods announced that they've instructed Vituity/California Emergency Physicians, the company Dr. Keegstra is contracted by, to suspend her from all of their hospital's facilities.
El Camino Hospital said Keegstra was "removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation", SFGate reported.
Donald Bardwell told The Chronicle that Keegstra was accusatory from the start.
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Samuel Bardwell was ultimately treated for dehydration and released. I said, 'Please, dad, can you please take out your phone?
Video shows Keegstra pulling on the father's son's arms and ordering the teen to sit up.
"This is ridiculous", Keegstra interrupted and cursed at the patient. "So you need narcotics?" she asks Samuel Bardwell.
"You have changed your story every f**king time..." "Put and IV in him, give him a liter of fluid and we'll get him out of here. He's obviously a doctor".
A LinkedIn page for Keegstra identifies her as a doctor with Vituity/California Emergency Physicians, a group that contracts with hospitals to provide emergency-room physicians.
Mr Bardwell (right) and his father, Donald (left) were disappointed with the doctor's approach.
With her patient in shock over her remark, she continued swearing.
The spokeswoman said Keegstra is no longer at the Mayo Clinic.
"I guess she was so angry and assumed he was a druggie and had drugs in his system, she thought she could talk to us any which way we wanted", Bardwell told the San Francisco Gate.