A Sacramento plastic surgeon showed up for his trial in Zoom Traffic Court while operating on a patient.
The incident is the latest mundane court proceeding to take an interesting turn in the age of coronavirus, video conferencing and remote working.
Just weeks after a viral video of a Texas lawyer who was unable to turn off a kitten filter during a Zoom court appearance, Dr Scott Green appeared in a virtual courtroom from a courtroom on Thursday. operation dressed in scrubs and surgical mask.
Despite the reluctance of a courtroom clerk, Green insisted they move forward with the lawsuit.
“Mr. Vert. Hi. Are you available for a try? Looks like you’re in an operating room right now,” the clerk said in a video captured by The Sacramento Bee.
“I am, sir. I am in an operating room. Yes, I am available for trial. Go ahead,” Green replies.
As the court waits for Sacramento Superior Court Commissioner Gary Link, Green appears to start operating on the patient again while the nurse films.
While Green was ready to show off his multitasking skills, Link was not satisfied and expressed concern for the patient’s well-being.
“Unless I am mistaken, I see an accused who is in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient,” he said. “Is that correct, Mr. Green?”
“Yes sir,” Green said.
Link, saying he’s uncomfortable moving forward with the trial, postpones the date to March 4.
“We want to keep people healthy. We want to keep them alive, “he said.” It is important. “
When NBC News asked Green about The Sacramento Bee report and its court hearing, he said, “This is not correct and I have nothing to say. Thank you.”
He ended the call.
The Medical Board of California said on Saturday it “is aware of the incident and will review it, as it does with any complaints it receives.”
Spokesman Carlos Villatoro said the council “expects doctors to follow standards of care when treating their patients.”