Woman sues hospital for allegedly taking photos of her during her operation

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What could be worse when a joke turns into a disaster?

A Pennsylvania hospital is facing a lawsuit over alleged nude photos taken of a woman, a former employee, while she was on the operating table.

Sheila Harosky sued Washington Hospital, its chief executive and the doctor who performed her surgery. She alleges the invasion of privacy and medical malpractice, among other charges.

“I trusted my medical personnel. That’s what hurts so bad,” Harosky said via CBS.

The 45-year-old woman said she discovered the photos when she returned to work after the incisional hernia operation. At the time, she was working as an operating room secretary at the hospital.

A colleague allegedly had the nude photos on her phone. She reportedly showed them to Harosky, saying: “I’ve got something for your scrapbook. It’s a little explicit.”

In a statement issued Thursday, the hospital claims the photos were part of a joke in which Harosky participated by placing false intestines on her body before surgery.

While she admits to playing a joke on her doctor, she said she didn’t give permission for the photos to be taken.

It is still unclear what damages she is seeking.