Doctor Puts Stickers on Patient’s Face During Surgery

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During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient’s face with stickers while the patient was unconscious — giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye — and then a nurse’s aide snapped her photo.

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A photograph of Veronica Valdez during surgery in 2011 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. An anesthesiologist put stickers on her face and a nurse’s aide took this photo.

The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy.

Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this “breach of professionalism regrettably did occur” and those involved “demonstrated poor judgment” while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.

Her anesthesiologist, Dr. Patrick Yang, was disciplined but kept his privileges at the hospital, and the employees involved in the incident likewise were disciplined but not fired, according to the hospital.

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