WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Dr. Paul Ryan of San Bernardino, California, is being accused of racism after video shows him refusing to treat a patient because she doesn't speak English.
Yuset Galura's 67-year-old mother, Maria Ramirez, was visiting San Bernardino Pulse Cardiology for a heart appointment. Galura says Ramirez asked if Ryan spoke English and as soon as this happened, it set him off.
In the video, Galura tells Ryan, "You are so offensive," to which he replies, "I'm not offensive. I'm not offensive. I am an American born." Galura interjects, asking, "So what?" because she was there to translate what the doctor said regarding her mother.
“You don’t need to do nothing but tell me if something’s wrong with her. If she's OK, if not, then I’ll translate to my mother. You don’t need to tell me that she needs to learn English,” Galura says in the video.
Toward the end of the video, Ryan walks away, as Galura asks other employees in the hospital what's wrong with him.
Galura tells KTLA-TV that Ramirez still hasn't received results from her heart tests. She also says she wants to unmask the doctor, because "if you don’t like being around Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanic, or any other race other than what your race is, then you have no room in the medical field.”
The hospital, Pulse Cardiology, has released a statement of its own, saying:
"Pulse Cardiology is conducting an independent investigation into the reported incident involving Dr. Ryan, who currently is not seeing patients at either of our clinics or St. Bernadine Medical Center. The reported incident does not reflect the values of Pulse physicians, assistants and administrators. Since its inception three years ago as the Inland Empire’s premier cardiology practice, Pulse has proudly served all patients regardless of nationality with a diverse staff that is fluent in several languages, including Spanish."