Her voice was strained and she was having some difficulty in breathing as she lay on her hospital bed and recorded a video to narrate her experience at the hospital where she was admitted for treatment of Covid-19.
The Black patient, Susan Moore, 52, was in pain, not just from the disease but also from the "discriminatory" treatment meted out to her by the White doctor who was attending her.
In the video, Susan Moore, a practicing doctor in the US, said the doctor attending her downplayed the pain in her neck, refused to give her more pain-relief medicines and instead suggested she should go home. He reportedly told her that he was "uncomfortable" giving her more narcotics.
"I was crushed. He made me feel like I was a drug addict," the New York Times quoted her as saying in the video that she had posted on Facebook.
Dr Moore said her being a licensed doctor was not sufficient for her white doctor to treat her with respect.
"I put forth and I maintain if I was White, I wouldn't have to go through that," she said in the video.
"I'm not short of breath. He doesn't know why my neck hurts and he doesn't feel comfortable giving me any narcotics. All I can do is cry. I was in so much pain. He said you can just go home right now. Of note, he did not even listen to my lungs he didn't touch me in any way. He performed no physical exam. I told him you cannot tell me how I feel," Dr Moore wrote in a Facebook post.
Soon after her video detailing her experience went viral, Dr Moore reportedly started receiving better care at the hospital and was later discharge. She said the care following her complaint "adequately treated" her pain.
However, nearly two weeks after posting the video on Facebook, Dr Moore died of Covid-19-related complication on Sunday, the New York Times quoted her son Henry Muhammed as saying.
The discriminatory treatment suffered by Dr More has bring forth yet another case of bias that Black patients in the US suffer during medical treatment.
"Voluminous research suggests that Black patients often receive treatment inferior to their white counterparts, particularly when it comes to relieving pain," The New York Times said.
Several studies carried out since the Covid-19 pandemic started have shown that people from minority backgrounds in Britain and the United States are disproportionately more likely to die from Covid-19 than their White counterparts.
Research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that Covid-19 mortality was "substantially higher" among Black and Latino patients than in White patients.
In Chicago, the rate of infection was 925 per 100,000 Black people compared with 389 among White people, according to a report by AFP.
Meanwhile, the Indiana University Health, where Dr Moore was admitted, has released a statement saying it can't comment on the matter due to privacy laws.
In the statement, as reported by New York Times, the Indiana University Health System said it is an organisation "committed to equity and reducing racial disparities" and that it takes accusations of discrimination "very seriously and investigate every allegation".
"We stand by the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care delivered to our patients every day," the statement said.
However, according to the Washington Post, the Indiana University Health System has now said that it will implement ""new anti-racism, anti-bias and civility training for all team members".
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