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Mid-South Doctor Gives “Ghetto Booty” Diagnosis
WREG ^ | July 13, 2013 | Candace McCowan

Posted on 07/15/2013 7:37:29 AM PDT by Deadeye Division

(Jackson, TN) A Mid-South woman has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health after she said the doctor she went to see for back pain gave her an insulting diagnosis.

“He said ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,’” said 55-year-old Terry Ragland about what she was told by Dr. Timothy Sweo in April.

“I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty. I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase because I couldn’t believe he said that,” said Ragland.

Ragland said this was not her first time at this doctor’s office. She had been there several times before and said her experiences were good. But this is the first time she had seen Dr. Sweo.

“It’s one of those things where my hip seems to slip, like it’s slipping out of place a little bit. It’s painful when you get up to go walk it kind of slips, you know,” said Ragland about her lower back pain.

Ragland said Dr. Sweo sent her for X-rays, then came in and gave his diagnosis. She said she was in shock as she asked what the treatment would be.

“He said there’s no cure for it but I could give you something if you’re having pain,” said Ragland.

Ragland said she told an office manager about what happened. Ragland said the manager apologized and a few weeks later she received a letter from Dr. Sweo himself.

In the letter, Dr. Sweo said, “I was trying to take a technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical.”

“It says to me that he doubts what type of intellect I have, how intelligent I am to be able to understand what he conveys to me in a medical term,” said Ragland.

News Channel 3 reached out to Dr. Sweo for an interview on camera, which he declined.

But he did admit to using the term as he was trying to explain to Ragland that she had “lumbar lordosis,” the medical term for a curve in her spine.

“What I was trying to explain to that patient is that she has lumbar lordosis, which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more. In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn’t like that apparently. That was my attempt to explain why she had the back problem. It wasn’t the whole problem but it was part of it and she got upset about it,” said Sweo by phone. “You cannot cure lumbar lordosis.”

“I think I do understand why her feelings were hurt but I don’t understand what’s offensive about it,” said Sweo.

“It’s not endearing. It’s not loving. It’s not a compliment. It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning,” said Ragland.

Ragland has filed a complaint with the state, which will follow up and see if the claim is founded. The information will then be presented to the Board of Medical Examiners officer, who will determine if there will be disciplinary action.

In Sweo’s history in Tennessee, he has not faced any disciplinary action.

“That was probably inappropriate. She certainly felt that way and I won’t do that anymore,” said Sweo.

Ragland is hoping she is the last patient who has this experience.

“The next person might not take it like I do and he might find himself in a very bad, bad situation,” Ragland said.


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1 posted on 07/15/2013 7:37:29 AM PDT by Deadeye Division
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To: Deadeye Division

“In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn’t like that apparently.”

Moron.


2 posted on 07/15/2013 7:39:22 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Deadeye Division

lose the weight and the bog ass love.

Go into the black community and for some reason many other or women are on welfare and yet most are over 170 pounds with 15 pounds on the ass.

No it’s not racist for those liberal scum reading, why not go into their diversity community which you love so much and look at how many are fat in their community and then get to know them and ask them about who is on welfare


3 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:06 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Deadeye Division

Sounds like “ghetto booty” thinks she has her a lottery ticket.


4 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:07 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Deadeye Division

The doctor should have simply said, “You have a fat ass, lose some weight and the pain should go away”.


5 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:11 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Deadeye Division

Will treatment for ghetto booty be covered by Obamacare?


6 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:27 AM PDT by The Great RJ (construction)
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To: cdcdawg

“The next person might not take it like I do and he might find himself in a very bad, bad situation,” Ragland said.


7 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Deadeye Division
“He said ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,’”


8 posted on 07/15/2013 7:40:54 AM PDT by humblegunner (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: headstamp 2

That’s pretty much what my doctor tells me.


9 posted on 07/15/2013 7:41:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Deadeye Division

I thought they were proud of the ghetto booty?
a.k.a. A badonkadonk


10 posted on 07/15/2013 7:41:13 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Deadeye Division; All

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatopygia


11 posted on 07/15/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Deadeye Division
SUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEE HIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

She should be outraged(OUTRAGED!!!) and it is worth at least a million dollars.

12 posted on 07/15/2013 7:41:51 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: BenLurkin
probably one of the best threads ever here - I can't wait for the pics

Years back, there was a thread titled "nnnnnnggggh" - tons of equally funny pics

you do know - this is racist (by new definition)

13 posted on 07/15/2013 7:42:09 AM PDT by Revelation 911 (hump scratching n'er do well.....all strung out on chicken wings and venison jerky)
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To: Deadeye Division

I skimmed the video and didn’t see enough evidence to make a diagnosis.


14 posted on 07/15/2013 7:42:46 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: EEGator

It seems the gal is short for her weight.


15 posted on 07/15/2013 7:42:59 AM PDT by ladyjane (For the first time in in a long time I am proud of my country.)
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To: Revelation 911

What pics can’t you wait for?


16 posted on 07/15/2013 7:43:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Turns out I've been misidentifying ghetto booty all these years.

17 posted on 07/15/2013 7:43:26 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Deadeye Division

Clint Eastwood was right. This country has lost its sense of humor.


18 posted on 07/15/2013 7:44:09 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Mr. K

“It’s not endearing. It’s not loving. It’s not a compliment. It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning,” said Ragland.

Ragland is hoping she is the last patient who has this experience.

“The next person might not take it like I do and he might find himself in a very bad, bad situation,” Ragland said.


19 posted on 07/15/2013 7:44:33 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Deadeye Division
I was trying to explain to that patient is that she has lumbar lordosis,i

Lumbar lardass?

20 posted on 07/15/2013 7:44:51 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Deadeye Division

Jus cuz dey got junk in da trunk, don’t mean you can say it.


21 posted on 07/15/2013 7:45:05 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Deadeye Division

Dr., my back hurts.

22 posted on 07/15/2013 7:45:10 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: humblegunner

23 posted on 07/15/2013 7:45:21 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ladyjane

24 posted on 07/15/2013 7:45:51 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: mountn man

How does she...never mind.


25 posted on 07/15/2013 7:47:18 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Deadeye Division

He should have said “you gots the J Lo disease. Too much junk in da trunk.”


26 posted on 07/15/2013 7:47:31 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Deadeye Division
“I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty....” said Ragland.

Ummmmmm. Nope, not going to comment.

27 posted on 07/15/2013 7:47:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: BenLurkin

Agreed.


28 posted on 07/15/2013 7:47:40 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Unkind and unprofessional regardless of the truth of it.


29 posted on 07/15/2013 7:48:12 AM PDT by Wage Slave
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To: Deadeye Division
“The next person might not take it like I do and he might find himself in a very bad, bad situation,” Ragland said.

Yeah, he might find himself on his back with his head getting bashed in, because, well, that's what blacks do when they get mad/scared/insulted.

Everything I hear from black America about "race" carries an implied threat of violence.

30 posted on 07/15/2013 7:48:24 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Wage Slave

Yes, he should have said, “The excessive weight of your buttocks is dragging your lower spine out of its natural curvature. This is causing your back pain.”

(I’m series. Just speak English to people. If they don’t understand, they’ll say, “Whuh?”)


31 posted on 07/15/2013 7:52:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: EEGator
How does she...never mind.

You mean, how does she...with those short little arms? Right?

32 posted on 07/15/2013 7:52:07 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: BenLurkin

“That’s pretty much what my doctor tells me.”

(grin)

Replace breakfast and lunch meals with a whey powder drink every day. Helped me lose 30 lbs. in about 2 months.

The Belvita crackers with Nutella on them for a breakfast are great also.


33 posted on 07/15/2013 7:52:09 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: mountn man

That’s not booty, that’s a fire hazard.


34 posted on 07/15/2013 7:52:46 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Talk about a thin skin.

I didn’t get all uptight when the doctor told me my pulled groin muscle was due to “ghetto johnson”. I just manned up and accepted it.


35 posted on 07/15/2013 7:53:44 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yeah, we learned that term in a 9th grade World Cultures class.

Spinal Lordosis is a structural condition, not necessarily having anything to do with body fat, although excess weight can exacerbate the problem. To use the term “Ghetto” to describe it to a patient is insensitive at best.


36 posted on 07/15/2013 7:54:57 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: KarlInOhio
“I think I blacked out after ...


37 posted on 07/15/2013 7:55:29 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Deadeye Division
Is this what he means?


38 posted on 07/15/2013 7:55:54 AM PDT by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: BenLurkin
“It’s not endearing. It’s not loving. It’s not a compliment. It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning,” said Ragland.

From everything I've read and heard, black women are proud of having shelf butts you could set a three course meal on.

39 posted on 07/15/2013 7:56:07 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: mountn man

>> Dr., my back hurts

and I have eye pain!


40 posted on 07/15/2013 7:56:09 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: MarineBrat

That is Ghetto LOOTY


41 posted on 07/15/2013 7:56:11 AM PDT by Youngman542012
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To: Deadeye Division

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=baby%20got%20back%20sir%20mix%20a%20lot%20with%20lyrics&oq=baby%20got&gs_l=youtube-reduced.1.1.0l4.1623.7597.0.15570.8.6.0.2.2.0.152.639.2j4.6.0...0.0...1ac.1.5.youtube-reduced.5rSHP3ptAxo


42 posted on 07/15/2013 7:56:52 AM PDT by gracie1 (Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesnÂ’t mean you have to approve of it.)
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To: Deadeye Division

The doctor cannot lie. The other doctors can’t deny.


43 posted on 07/15/2013 7:57:06 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: gracie1

Beat me by 14 seconds.


44 posted on 07/15/2013 7:57:52 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Trailerpark Badass
. . .

implied threat of violence

They do that because many of them mistake kindness for weakness. Many of them think that because there are a disproportionate number of boxers and athletes among them - they think European - Americans are afraid of being in a physical confrontation with them. These kinds of people are very simpleminded and like children who have difficulty controlling their emotions, they lack a depth of thought or verbal restraint.

45 posted on 07/15/2013 7:59:00 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Deadeye Division

Interesting to read some comments here.

It appears that many FReepers are as thin-skinned and ready to litigate as any liberal, over (apparently true) offensive words.

Yeah, we’re Conservatives, depending on the situation. Shaking head.


46 posted on 07/15/2013 8:00:25 AM PDT by lurk
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To: EEGator

My response to ‘big boned’:

Lucky for you that you are - normal bones would snap from all that weight. :=)


47 posted on 07/15/2013 8:00:50 AM PDT by Bob
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To: mountn man

Is why so many doctors are quitting?


48 posted on 07/15/2013 8:00:55 AM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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50 posted on 07/15/2013 8:03:16 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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