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Surgeon Attends Virtual Traffic Court While Operating On Someone

That's totally not dangerous at all

7w ago

Dr. Scott Green, a plastic surgeon, had a case that required turning up at traffic court. Given our current dystopia, said traffic court is entirely virtual and streamed live publicly as required by law. There's just one problem, however: the doctor went on trial in the midst of a live operating theatre.

Sky News Australia (of all places), from which Jalopnik's gif was taken, caught a snippet of this bizarre and perilous hearing that took place in Sacramento Superior Court in California. Yes, that's Dr. Green in a live OR with an actual patient, and equipment going off in the background.

To say that his actions baffled the courtroom staff, including the judge and commissioner, is an understatement. Here's just a snippet of the conversation between the surgeon and the clerk:

Screenshot from the Sacramento Bee.

Screenshot from the Sacramento Bee.

It only got stranger from there.


Commissioner Gary Link eventually called out the surgeon for pulling this stunt, saying: “I do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you’re in the process of operating that I would put on a trial notwithstanding the fact the officer is here today.” Dr. Green tried defending himself, saying he's got a fellow surgeon along, but Commissioner Link finally intervened, and said he'd rather set a new date "when you’re not actively involved or participating and attending to the needs of a patient."

So not only did the surgeon put himself through the wringer rather unnecessarily, he's also caught the ire of the Medical Board of California, who caught wind of the incident, and is now investigating Dr. Green. Not the brightest idea, is it?

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Comments (17)

  • What was his "crime"? rolling through a stop sign? Going 46 in a 45?

      1 month ago
  • Plastic surgery? Liposuction, a facelift, some nip and tuck? Hardly a critical procedure, surely he can afford to step away from the operating table and deal with his own defense in a traffic violation trial. He’s as daft as his surgically enhanced clientele. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 month ago
    • I think you have a dim view of a plastic surgeon. Not all are beauticians. Who reconstructs charged and burnt body tissue, facial trauma, hand trauma, extensive fasciolotomies for flesh eating bacteria, mastectomies for breast...

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        1 month ago
    • Or in the U.K. it’s c**t

        1 month ago
  • Please god I hope it was a distracted driving charge. I also hope the surgery went well.

      1 month ago
  • Lol

      1 month ago
  • Private practice plastic surgeon sucking the fat out of someone’s gut. He can easily do this and go through traffic court. The judge is just jealous the guy drives a Ferrari.

      1 month ago