On Thursday afternoon, 67-year-old Maria Ramirez went to a doctor's appointment at San Bernardino's Pulse Cardiology, but as soon as as the doctor entered the room, the trouble began.
Ramirez was accompanied by her daughter and granddaughter for her scheduled heart appointment. She said that when she spoke Spanish, the doctor immediately began insulting them for not speaking English.
“I was shocked. Yeah. I couldn’t believe it,” daughter Yuset Galura said. “As soon as the doctor walked in the room, she asked him if he spoke Spanish and that was all it took for him to snap and start insulting her about speaking Spanish, being in this country and not knowing his language."
Galura began recording physician Paul Ryan as he attacked her mother.
“You don’t need to do nothing but tell me if something’s wrong with her," she says to him during the video. "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."
After leaving the offices, Galura posted the video on Facebook. Many other locals left comments claiming that they too had had similar incidents with doctor Ryan. According to Pulse Cardiology's Yelp page, Paul Ryan has several negative reviews further explaining that he is racist toward Mexicans.
“I want to unmask the doctor. 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,” Galura said.
Galura and her family held a protest outside of Ryan's clinic on Monday. After the small protest, Pulse Cardiology issued this statement:
"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."
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