Doctor suspended after video of tense stand-off with patient goes viral

Dr Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos California has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he was having an anxiety attack

Samuel Bardwell, 20, a basketball player at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., is pictured. At another point in the video, as Keegstra used her stethoscope on Bardwell, she said, "No".

A video of the incident taken by the patient's father and posted on Facebook on Tuesday has since gotten over 4 million views and has been shared more than 106,000 times.

It ends with her accusing Samuel Bardwell of changing his story and using an expletive at him.

"Sit up, sit up, sit up!"

"Bardwell, who is 7'1" tall, told NBC Bay Area he waited three hours to see a doctor, and, when Keegstra finally did show up, she was accompanied by a security guard.

Beth Keegstra, the ER doctor who attended to Bardwell - who reportedly was unable to speak and was numb at the time - seemingly didn't take the man's health claims seriously when she was caught on camera allegedly mocking him. So you put your head up. Now don't try to tell me you can't move. "C'mon, sit up", Keegstra continued, as quoted by the Mercury News.

Bardwell posted video of the incident on his Facebook page where it's received almost 4.7 million views since Tuesday: "This is how they treat black people in Los Gatos emergency room", he wrote in his post.

Dr. Beth Keegstra treated Samuel once he arrived at the hospital but decided his pain and anxiety attacks were a laughing matter. "Wow! He must be dead".

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"I'm sorry sir you are the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying", the doctor barks at the man's son. Keegstra brushed off his concerns however, and insisted the young man was just fine.

A spokesperson for El Camino Hospital told KPIX-TV in a statement, "We are saddened and disappointed by the physician's unprofessional interaction with the patient in the video".

Adding, 'We have expressed our honest apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter.

In addition, the hospital responded to local television station KRON with an update saying that they've contacted their contracted provider and let them know to take this physician off their list of approved emergency room doctors.

Efforts by ABC News to reach Keegsta for comment were not immediately successful. Bardwell's father, Donald, added in another Facebook post that he believed his son was experiencing Benzodiazepine withdrawal due to not taking Klonopin.

"In my mind", he told the network, "I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all because if it's not a race thing and she treats everybody that way, then that's a problem". His dad, Donald Bardwell, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Samuel has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a benzodiazepine, to treat that, but that he'd been busy over the previous few days and hadn't had a chance to pick up his new prescription. Donald asked her what she meant by "you people". I already knew from that point.

"I did nothing wrong", Bardwell said. "I just need a pain reliever and anxiety medication, because I'm in pain and I have anxiety", Samuel Bardwell says.

Bardwell says he is anxious that if his son leaves the hospital, he'll have another attack.

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