HR Strange But True!
November 01, 2001

Nurse Phyllis DeForrest is suing her coworkers for what they did to her while she was under sedation at a Branson, Mo., hospital.

DeForrest was undergoing a colonoscopy on June 13, 1997, meaning she was lying on her stomach as well as sedated. With two nurses and a technician looking on, a third nurse drew a large heart on the perimeter of her naked buttocks in red permanent marker and wrote "I (heart) Dr. Shaffer" across the middle.

DeForrest's physician, Dr. Lynn Shaffer, performed the procedure with the drawing still on her body and left afterwards without reporting the incident, DeForrest claims.

When DeForrest woke up later, one of the nurses showed her a photograph of her buttocks her coworkers had taken with the endoscope used to take pictures of her colon. She says the group also showed the photo around the hospital and made jokes about her new "tattoo."

Almost as appalling as the loss of dignity, she says, was the fact that only one of the employees was terminated because of the incident. Two are still employed at the hospital, which has maintained the incident was just a joke between friends.

DeForrest disagrees; a trial regarding her lawsuit was to begin this week.

Source: Springfield News-Leader

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