Doc in trouble for calling patient fat

22:31, Dec 07 2009

A North Carolina doctor could lose his medical licence after a patient complained he made cutting criticisms, including telling her she was fat.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the North Carolina Medical Board will decide if Dr Earl Sunderhaus of Asheville overstepped the bounds of professional decency.

The eye doctor's patient complained Sunderhaus poked her thigh and told her she is fat, and also scolded her as irresponsible for being unemployed and relying on taxpayers to pay for another pregnancy.

Sunderhaus admitted he told the patient that her thick thighs and diabetes could cause her to go blind.

He made his points again by writing to the patient, Governor Beverly Perdue and blasting the medical board.

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