Anxiety is real. It can be a debilitating disorder with a range of symptoms, many of which are physical and can prevent a person from living a normal life. But according to a doctor at Silicon Valley’s El Camino Hospital, it’s not something that warrants a hospital bed and any sort of care.
Twenty-year-old Samuel Bardwell admitted himself into El Camino Hospital on July 11th after suffering symptoms of an anxiety attack following a basketball practice. The treating physician, identified as Beth Keegstra, was caught on videotape by Bardwell’s father, Donald, berating the patient, essentially accusing him of faking for “narcotics.”
Donald recorded the incident and shared it on Facebook, showing Keegstra forcefully trying to move Samuel from the gurney with no success. She scolds the patient, stating he was “the least sick of all the people that are here,” further trying to shame him by saying people are “dying” in the hospital.
The patient, Samuel Bardwell, said his arm is still in pain after Dr. Beth Keegstra yanked him. Bardwell said he left El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos early just to avoid another confrontation. https://t.co/IdlR18bYI9
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 16, 2018
The video starts with Donald explaining to the Keegstra Samuel’s condition, stating that his son has been “in and out of consciousness” and vomiting. Coldly, she replies “he’s completely awake and alert right now.”
To the doctor at El Camino hospital who could somehow hold credentials in science and still disregard an anxiety attack from a patient let me remind you, MENTAL HEALTH IS PHYSICAL HEALTH! Support mental health, and hospitals do better please thanks!#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
— Tyus D. Williams (@sciencewithtyus) June 18, 2018
I’m so sad this happened to this young man. Anxiety is awful and this horrible woman should be fired.
— TeresaGinsberg (@TeresaGinsberg) June 18, 2018
The physician eventually and begrudgingly approves a dosage of Klonopin, which Samuel has a prescription for but failed to take in the days before this incident.
In a post on Facebook, Donald states he believes his son was suffering from Benzodiazepine withdrawal and said:
“The physician’s behavior was appalling and they should know better — especially when it comes to Benzodiazepines and Klonopin.”
“You're full of s—!” she told Bardwell.
Dan Wood, the chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital, issued a statement saying Dr. Keegstra, who has been a practicing physician for 31 years, has been suspended from all facilities associated with… https://t.co/PAbXfTyD90
— Jones Murphy (@JonesMurphy) June 18, 2018
To the Bardwells’ amazement, El Camino Hospital CEO Dan Woods subsequently released a statement online assuring Keegstra had been removed from the hospital’s rotation.
The statement explains that the physician was provided by Vituity; Woods reached out to the staffing company and requested Keegstra be “removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation.”
We completely understand your concerns. Be assured that this matter is being addressed swiftly and appropriately at the highest level of our organization. Thank you for taking the time to reach out. – El Camino Hospital Social Media Team
— El Camino Hospital (@elcaminohosp) June 15, 2018
Firing that pathetic woman was the right thing to do. No wonder people with depression and anxiety are afraid to seek help kill themselves with “professional” help like this.
— Martha Prine Edwards (@ozarkswriter) June 17, 2018