“Houston, we have a problem.”
In the state of Virginia a breast cancer patient has filed a lawsuit against a physician for displaying topless pictures of her on his website for marketing purposes.
The unnamed woman, who is referred to in the suit as “Jane Doe” is bringing charges against Doctor Pierre Chevray, a cosmetic surgeon in Houston Texas.
The plaintiff’s petition summarized:
“The patient underwent breast cancer treatment in October 2004 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she consulted with a physician on staff, Pierre Chevray. At the time of their initial visit, Chevray showed her topless photos of unidentified patients he had previously treated. Chevray then told the patient that before-and-after photos of her breasts would be necessary also, in order to ensure the best possible results for her.
“The Defendant specifically promised that Plaintiff’s personal photographs would not be used on the internet,” the petition states. “The Defendant further promised that there would be no way to identify the photographs as her own.”
Uh, not quite true, doc. The patient’s 12-year-old son apparently discovered nude pictures of mom on the internet while searching her name during a birthday party.
The case is expected to go to a jury trial next year, as Chevray denies the charges and reports he will not settle out of court.
Here’s another look:
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