Ethel Easter

Ethel Easter

*Houston resident Ethel Easter didn’t like her doctor’s tone when he told her she’d have to wait two months to schedule her hernia surgery.

“I was like, ‘I can’t wait for two months.’ I’m terribly ill, and he said ‘listen’ he got very abrupt. He said ‘who do you think you are? You have to wait just like everybody else’,” Easter told Houston’s Fox26.

For this reason, she decided to slip an audio recording device into her weave during the surgery and record their conversation. What she captured on tape has made national news.

After Easter starts to snore, the OR staff in the room starts making fun of her attitude, her weight, her belly-button and more: 

Per Fox26:

Surgeon on tape: “She’s a handful she had some choice words for us in the clinic when we didn’t book her case in two weeks.”

Other male voice on tape: “Really”

Surgeon: “I’m going to call a lawyer and file a complaint” (laughter)

Other male voice: “That doesn’t seem like the thing to say to the person whose going to do your surgery”

Easter says some of the OR staff made disparaging remarks about her body. You can hear a nurse in the OR laughing about it.

“Did you see her belly button?” says a female voice on the tape which is followed by laughter.

On the tape you can hear a male OR staff member say to the anesthesiologist, “Precious meet Precious.”

“It was Precious meet Precious, as though I was this big fat black woman,” Easter said.

Easter says you can hear some OR staff members refer to her as “always the queen” and then the surgeon repeats the phrase and says he feels sorry for her husband.

“When I heard the comments on the tape and listened to them I was shocked,” said community activist Quanell X. “I had no idea that doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses would carry themselves in this manner in an operating room.”

A spokesman for Harris Health System which oversees the county operated hospitals declined comment citing patient confidentiality laws.

In a letter sent to Easter Harris Health System states we have used this opportunity to remind the OR staff and physicians to be mindful of their comments at all times.

Watch Easter’s interview with Fox26 below: