In suit, woman says surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 8, 2017

The Journal News reported that 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.

She's suing for an unspecified amount.

Fishman performed surgery on Edwards to fix varicose veins twice in 2017. Edwards says Fishman later explained he was taking a Spanish proficiency test during the surgery.

He later said that it was necessary because he has a lot a patients who speak the language. Fishman added that the operation overlapped with the only time he could take the test.

While she claims she had been placed under general anesthesia, Edwards insists she was aware of what was happening around her, and witnessed the surgeon take phone calls in English and Spanish - including one about breast milk, and another about his battles with diabetes, blurred vision and "night sweats", the documents say. She had no clue what was going on until after. But this was no emergency. Citing privacy laws, Westmed issued a statement saying, it "doesn't comment on patient care or pending litigation".

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