What is even worse is that the hospital now is sending the man to collections for the hospital bills. We know hospitals are having a tough time but the man should not be billed in this case for sure, especially since he had not drugs on or in his body. Of course he is filing a legal suit and once you read below everything that was done to top out with a colonoscopy looking for drugs, I would say he has a case.
He would not go on camera as he is terrified. It all began when he got out of his car and I guess kind of moved or grabbed his fanny in some fashion that started all of this for police to believe he had drugs as well as an odor they said they noticed. He had 2 anal exams, 3 enemas, and a colonoscopy.
One hospital said no, the investigation was not ethical so they went to another one. He was sedated for the colonoscopy and prepared for surgery. Good grief after the other 2 anal checks and enemas, which was enough but geez….If you ever travel through New Mexico, watch when you drive through Deming. Watch the video for the full story. BD
This 4 On Your Side investigation looks into the actions of police officers and doctors in Southern New Mexico.
A review of medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit show deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, police officers with the City of Deming and medical professionals at the Gila Regional Medical Center made some questionable decisions.
The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.
While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures. A review of Eckert's medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:
1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert's anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.
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