In suit, woman says surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

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Diciembre 8, 2017

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

Mary Edwards, 70, claims she suffered "severe emotional distress" when Dr Eric Fishman remedied her varicose vein while chatting on his mobile about experiencing blurred vision, diabetes and night sweats in Spanish - a language that Edwards is proficient in.

A suburban NY woman sued a surgeon who she said talked on his cell phone while performing a procedure on her varicose veins, according to, part of the USA Today Network's Journal News group.

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She is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group, based in Purchase.

Ms. Edwards said Dr. Fishman also spoke of another patient's medical records with a hospital employee while conducting surgery on her in April. He said the only time he had to complete the exam was during the operation, the lawsuit states. But this was no emergency. said that Fishman did not return phone calls and a spokeswoman for his practice declined to comment.

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