TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A California doctor is being accused of racism after he allegedly berated a patient for not speaking English.
Yueset Galura told KTLA that she and her daughter accompanied her 67-year-old mother, Maria Ramirez, to a heart appointment and was left stunned when the cardiologist, Paul Ryan, started yelling at her mother for asking a simple question.
“As soon as the doctor walked in the room, she asked him if he spoke Spanish and that was all it took for him to snap and start insulting her about speaking Spanish, being in this country and not knowing his language,” Galura told the news station.
A video, posted on Facebook Friday, shows Galura's testy exchange with the doctor after she came to her mother's defense.
"You are so offensive,"Galura said, to which he replied, "I'm not offensive. I'm not offensive. I am an American born."
"So what?" Galura said. “You don’t need to do nothing but tell me if something’s wrong with her. If she's OK, if not, then I’ll translate to my mother. You don’t need to tell me that she needs to learn English."
Ryan walks away, and Galura is heard asking employees at the hospital what's wrong with him.
Galura said her mother has yet to receive the results of her heart tests.
"I want to unmask the doctor," she added. If you don't like being around Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanics or any other race other than you're race, you have no room in the medical field."
The hospital, Pulse Cardiology, has released a statement, saying:
"Pulse Cardiology is conducting an independent investigation into the reported incident involving Dr. Ryan, who currently is not seeing patients at either of our clinics or St. Bernadine Medical Center. The reported incident does not reflect the values of Pulse physicians, assistants and administrators. Since its inception three years ago as the Inland Empire’s premier cardiology practice, Pulse has proudly served all patients regardless of nationality with a diverse staff that is fluent in several languages, including Spanish."
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