WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dec 7, 2017, 7:46 AM ET

Woman claims surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

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A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.

The Journal News reports 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. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Fishman performed surgery on Edwards to fix varicose veins twice in 2017. According to the lawsuit, Edwards claims Fishman had a conversation in Spanish on his cellphone during the second outpatient procedure.

Edwards' attorney says his client was terrified for the rest of the operation. Edwards claims Fishman later explained he was taking a Spanish proficiency test during the surgery.

A Westmed spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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  • Lifeishortgetaladder.

    She freaked out because she doesn't understand Spanish... probably thought he was going to cartel her chubby butt to Mehico... and hold her for ransom..

  • Rocky

    After reading some of these posts, I conclude there are a lot of surgeon wanna-bees telling us what Dr. Fishman SHOULD have done. It's very pathetic!

  • helicohunter

    Varicose vein surgery isn't rocket science. He could have done it with one hand tied behind his back. Not that it was good form to be talking on a speaker phone while operating, but that doesn't mean it was unsafe.

  • Vino

    The prices that we pay for surgery and this dude takes a test. Highly unprofessional.

  • Dicazi

    Is she claiming something went wrong during the procedure?
    And it sounds like she was awake. Why didnt she ask him to stop if she was concerned?

  • mellack

    What does it matter? Did the doctor make any mistakes in performing the surgery? If not, and the article says nothing about there being any errors, she has no damages. How is it any different than him speaking to one of the nurses? He likely has done this procedure hundreds of times. The woman is just overly worried because she doesn't have the experience the doctor has.

  • Yooper

    When you suddenly realize your retirement account isn't nearly as much as it should be ...

  • Nathan Broussard

    I've often heard of surgeons on the phone during the operation being coached by an outside physician who was monitoring, it happens in every industry, I remember having to provide advice in my profession as others worked on natural gas pipelines