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White Plains, NY - Woman Claims Surgeon Talked On Cellphone During Operation

Published on: December 7, 2017 10:02 AM
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White Plains, NY - A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.

The Journal News reports  70-year-old Mary Edwards, of Port Chester, filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.


Fishman performed surgery on Edwards to fix varicose veins twice in 2017. According to the lawsuit, Edwards claims Fishman had a conversation in Spanish on his cellphone during the second outpatient procedure.

Edwards’ attorney says his client was terrified for the rest of the operation. Edwards claims Fishman later explained he was taking a Spanish proficiency test during the surgery.

A Westmed spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.


Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com 



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 Dec 07, 2017 at 10:30 AM nothing here Says:

While this sounds schocking I suspect there is nothing here. I have seen supermarket cashiers carry on discussions while working. I have seen myself driving and having a conversation with fellow passengers. When traffic gets crazy conversation slows down or stops. This is not grossly different. I assume this is a routine procedure that the MD could do in his sleep. I am sure if somrthing were to come up that is atypical he would stop conversation.


 Dec 07, 2017 at 02:58 PM Anonymous Says:

#1 I hope you aren't a doctor, dentist, lawyer, teacher or any professional. Why don't you ask this doctor to operate on you?

I had a procedure under anesthesia... and I woke up in the middle, screaming in agony. Medical negligence should NEVER be tolerated. No, I didn't sue, in Israel it isn't worth it.


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