For most guys, their worst nightmare would be realised if they found themselves back in the school yard of a Monday morning, they look down and realise they have fronted for class with no pants on. That would not be cool. Mercifully for a Delaware man, that was not what happened and if he happens to be the glass half full-type, then that is what he can be thankful for. He did however, experience something that seems to have run a close second in terms of embarrassment.
Groggy after surgery, the Delaware man woke from a colonoscopy examination to find himself dressed in a pair of pink women’s underwear. Far from being accustomed to such attire, Andrew Walls, 32, of Dover, was surprised as he had not been wearing the under garment when he went under anaesthesia upon arrival at Dover’s Delaware Surgery Center back in October 2012.
Walls was an employee of the facility in which he had his colonoscopy done.
The Delaware Surgery Center where Walls worked is named in a civil lawsuit filed in New Castle County Superior Court seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to documents obtained by The News Journal.
“When the plaintiff initially presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women’s underwear and at no time did the plaintiff voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself,” the documents stated, according to New York’s Daily News. The documents are contained in the lawsuit which has recently been filed, almost two years after the incident.
“The defendant’s extreme and outrageous conduct went beyond all possible bounds of decency,” wrote attorney Gary Nitsche in the complaint on behalf of Walls, according to news.com.au.
It is claimed that Walls’ colleagues “failed to maintain proper policies and procedures for the care of patients with respect to not engaging in extreme and outrageous conduct,” Nitsche’s lawsuit continues.
Delaware Surgery Director Jennifer Anderson refused to comment on Wednesday of last week by simply stating: “We just found out about this yesterday afternoon.”
According to the Courthouse News website, Walls claimed to have experienced, "shame, embarrassment and personal humiliation" because of "the inappropriate undergarment”. Walls says "severe emotional distress" caused him to lose his job.
Walls puts the blame on the "extreme and outrageous conduct" of the defendants for his problems and says that they failed "to maintain proper policies and procedures for the care of patients with respect to not engaging in extreme and outrageous conduct which caused the plaintiff severe emotional distress,” according to the Courthouse News website.
Before Jennifer Anderson declined to comment in an interview, she first gave some possible context to the suit by saying, "Andrew D. Walls was an employee," she offered. "We have not seen the complaint yet."
Given his apparent sometime employment at Delaware Surgery Center, Anderson decided that she would not comment on whether Walls was the victim of a practical joke.