July 17th, 2013 11:55 EST
Black Woman Diagnosed With 'Ghetto Booty' By White Doctor: Video
"A Tennessee woman coping with a severe lower back problem endured even more pain when a doctor diagnosed her with `ghetto booty.`
Terry Ragland, 55, could not believe the words coming out of Dr. Timothy Sweo`s mouth during the April appointment at Sports Orthopedics & Spine in Jackson, Tenn.
He said "I know what the problem is. Its ghetto booty,` Ragland told WREG in Memphis. "I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty.`"
New York Daily News
The bottom line is that Ragland has a big butt, but a physician should stick to medical terminology and not slang, especially when it smacks of racism, in describing a lower back problem.
Ragland later received a letter from the doctor explaining: I was trying to take a technical conversation regarding our lower back and make it less technical.
Of course the doc`s letter only served to further infuriate his obese patient. Ragland felt that Dr. Sweo was dumbing things down for her because she`s black.
The big booty patient has filed a formal complaint with the state`s Department of Health, and I wouldn`t be surprised if she files a lawsuit in the near future.
Ragland needs to find a doctor with a better bedside manner, and she needs to lose some weight -- post haste. As fat as she is, this won`t be the last time a person makes a rude comment about her weight.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/tennessee-woman-diagnosed-ghetto-booty-article-1.1398889#ixzz2ZJF6y5IN
Follow Robert Paul Reyes on Twitter: http://twitter.com/robertpaulreyes