Dozens of women suing over hidden cameras in operating delivery rooms in California hospital

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Women suing over hidden camera in operating, delivery room
According to a new lawsuit, approximately 1,800 patients were recorded in a California hospital. ABC News reports.

LA MESA, Calif. -- Hidden cameras recorded about 1,800 people in a California operating and delivery room, according to a lawsuit filed late last week.

The lawsuit says the patients of Sharp Grossmont Hospital near San Diego were recorded while they were "both conscious and unconscious," "partially robed" and "emotionally and physically exposed" while in Labor and Delivery operating rooms in 2012 and 2013, ABC affiliate KGTV reports.

Carla Jones, who said she was recorded during an emergency C-section, called the experience extremely embarrassing.

"I was mortified at the idea that there was video or images of me in that extremely vulnerable and exposed moment," she said.

The lawsuit states that the patients did not give their consent to be recorded, and it alleges that the hospital was negligent in maintaining the recordings.

Jessica Lincoln, who also says she was secretly recorded, is worried about what could happen to the recordings.

"There's images floating around somewhere, potentially viewed or could be viewed in the future, without my consent," she said.

So how did the cameras get there? Sharp said in a statement that it started after drugs went missing from anesthesia carts in operating rooms in the Women's Center. One hidden camera was placed on a cart in each of three rooms in order to get to the bottom of how the drugs went missing.

The lawyers representing the women in the lawsuit said Sharp should have found a way to investigate without affecting patient privacy.

In the statement, Sharp said it cannot comment further on the matter.

A [sic] initial lawsuit alleging privacy violations and other claims stemming from the video recording was filed against Sharp HealthCare and Sharp Grossmont Hospital in 2016. The case remains active and Sharp is not in a position to comment further about the matter. Sharp HealthCare and Sharp Grossmont Hospital continue to take extensive measures to protect the privacy of its patients.