A female doctor has lost her medical license for having an affair with a cancer patient she had sex with in his hospital bed during his treatment.
Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam, 37, sent her patient flirty messages after the pair followed each other on Instagram and swapped numbers a day after she delivered his devastating diagnosis.
The oncologist, from Toronto, Canada, began sexting the man before eventually staying with him during treatment for his illness and having sex with him in his hospital bed.
Sundaralingam, who treated the man 23 times between January and July 2015 and once in March 2016, behaved ‘in a physical, flirty and sexual manner,’ a disciplinary hearing was told.
She once visited him at the hospital after drinking and engaged in ‘mutual sexual touching,’ a statement of uncontested facts said.
The medic ‘repeatedly asked Patient A to delete their texts and keep their relationship a secret, as she was concerned the college would become aware of their sexual and inappropriate relationship,’ according to the statement.
She went to his family home, visited him at the hospital and even asked him about a porn and cheese party where ‘there was a prize for the person who had the best cheese and porn combination.’ She added: ‘I may have been to one.’
After asking him to remove her name from any visitor’s log at the hospital she ended the affair in 2015, telling Patient A she was in love with a colleague.
The man, who cannot be named, said: ‘It’s difficult for me to talk to anybody about it because the reality is that I’m a male so for me to say, ‘Hey, I dated my oncologist,’ it wouldn’t be a surprise for someone to say ‘Cool.’ But that’s not cool.
‘That’s not the case because I feel abused, and it’s very difficult as a male to come out and say that about a female. It’s usually the other way around.
‘I was physically emaciated and emotionally exposed and the loss of a critical relationship defeated me. What compounded this toll was her refusal to continue providing medical care at the same time.’
‘At the time, I was unable to see the ramifications of dating my treating oncologist. I couldn’t see how vulnerable I was and how much power she had over me.’
Sundaralingam was stripped of her license Wednesday after pleading no contest and being found guilty of sexually abusing a patient.
CPSO prosecutor Amy Block said: ‘Sundaralingam continued to breach appropriate boundaries with Patient A including by … holding hands with Patient A, hugging Patient A for long periods of time and kissing Patient A.’
Discipline panel chair John Langs said: ‘From virtually the beginning of your doctor/patient relationship, you crossed boundaries and ultimately sexually abused an extremely vulnerable patient suffering from a life-threatening illness.
‘The committee can only hope that this process prompts you to undergo a long, hard searching self-examination of what lies behind your abusive and abhorrent behavior.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Lauren Fruen