Washington: A few days ago, a Black doctor in the US had recorded a video complaining of racism at a hospital she was admitted to for Coronavirus treatment. The doctor had described at length how a white physician had ignored her when she described him pain and discomfort she had been witnessing.
The victim named Dr Susan Moore died on Saturday. She was admitted to the Indiana University Health North Hospital (IU North).
In the video, which was recorded two weeks ago, the woman claimed that her requests for medication was being ignored .
“He made me feel like I was a drug addict,” Moore was quoted as saying in the video. Despite her repeated reminders she was a doctor too, the white doctor sidelined her and downplayed her pain and refused to treat her with respect.
“I’m not short of breath. He doesn’t know why my neck hurts and he doesn’t feel comfortable giving me any narcotics. All I can do is cry. I was in so much pain. He said you can just go home right now. Of note, he did not even listen to my lungs he didn’t touch me in any way. He performed no physical exam. I told him you cannot tell me how I feel,” India Today quoted Dr Moore as saying in a Facebook post.
However, after her video went viral, Dr Moore started receiving better care and her complaint of neck pain was also taken into account. Two weeks after the incident, the woman lost her life.
Dr Moore’s experience is the reminder of the institutional racism suffered by Black people in the US. As per reports, black patients receive treatment inferior to their white counterparts.
“Voluminous research suggests that Black patients often receive treatment inferior to their white counterparts, particularly when it comes to relieving pain,” The New York Times said.