South Bay doctor suspended after caught on video taunting patient


In the South Bay, 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell suffered from what he believes was an extreme anxiety attack Monday night during basketball practice at West Valley College in Saratoga.

He was called an ambulance to take him to El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos some time around 10 p.m.

He says he felt numb head to toe and had trouble speaking and moving.

His father filmed the physician in the Emergency Room who they identified as Dr. Beth Keegstray when he was seen at around 2:30 a.m.

In the video Bardwell says Dr. Keegstray walks into the room with security behind her, seemingly suspicious of the reason why he was admitted. 

He says she then laughed, taunted and mocked him claiming he didn’t need the help as much as other patients there at the time.

The hospital’s CEO Dan Woods released a statement acknowledging the unprofessional behavior witnessed in the video and went on to say:

We take this matter very seriously and the contracted physician involved has been removed from the work schedule pending further investigation.”  The hospital’s media relations department also stated, “Our contracted provider for emergency services, Vituity/California Emergency Physicians, has been notified to remove this physician from the list of approved physicians assigned to provide emergency care at our hospitals.



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