Ghetto booty diagnosis angers patient Terry Ragland; Doctor uses term instead of lumbar lordosis
10:56 AM, Jul 15, 2013
10:14 PM, Jul 15, 2013
JACKSON, Tenn. - A Tennessee woman is filing a complaint after she said her doctor used an offensive term while giving her a diagnosis.
Terry Ragland went to a doctor looking for treatment for her severe lower back pain.
Ragland said she was seen by a nurse, then the doctor, who sent her to get an X-ray.
When he came back into the exam room, Ragland said the doctor gave her a diagnosis not seen in any medical book.
"He said, 'I know what the problem is. It's ghetto booty,' and I said, 'Ghetto what?' He said, 'Ghetto booty,'" Ragland said. "He said, 'There's no cure for it, but I could give you something if you're having pain.'"
Ragland said she reported the incident to the office manager, who apologized.
A few weeks later, the doctor sent a letter of apology, saying he was trying to tell her that she had lumbar lordosis, a curve in her spine that makes the buttocks protrude more.