In suit, woman says surgeon talked on cellphone during operation

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, saying he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.

The Journal News reported that 70-year-old Mary Edwards of Port Chester filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and his employer, Westmed Medical Group. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Fishman performed surgery on Edwards to fix varicose veins twice this year. According to the lawsuit, Edwards says Fishman had a conversation in Spanish on his cellphone during the second outpatient procedure.

Edwards' attorney said his client was terrified for the rest of the operation. Edwards says Fishman later explained he was taking a Spanish proficiency test during the surgery.

A Westmed spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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