Friday, March 12, 2010

Nice Dad

A tale from orthopedic surgeon colleague of mine:

He is Filipino. Last year he was operating on a trauma patient who was a 19 year old white female. When he was done with the surgery, the family had arrived so he went out to tell them what was going on.

Dr. Filipino went up to the father to say the normal "Good news, your daughter did well" stuff. He was rudely interrupted by the father. He yelled "Dammit, I told my daughter never to have a Mexican doctor and especially never to let a Mexican touch you, let alone do surgery!"

Dr. Filipino tried to calmly explain the prognosis. The dad didn't want to hear it. Doc gave up. As he was leaving, the patients boyfriend showed up. It was apparent that the family had never met the boyfriend....bc...the boyfriend was black.

-ER Doc


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StorytellERdoc said...

How's that for karma? Maybe these great fellows were able to teach this family a thing or two about colorblind love.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Apparently Dad's indoctrination really stuck. What a Jacka$$.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I doubt if Dad will change. Bigots rarely ever do. And I'm sure everything that goes wrong in the daughter's life from now on will be blamed on the doctor and the boyfriend.