CANADA: Sri Lankan Tamil doctor loses license for having sex with cancer patient

Theepa Sundaralingam, from Toronto, Canada, treated the patient, who cannot be named, 23 times between January and July 2015 and once in March 2016

CANADA: Sri Lankan Tamil doctor loses license for having sex with cancer patient

A Sri Lankan Tamil female doctor has lost her medical license for having an affair with a cancer patient she had sex with in his hospital bed during his treatment. Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam, 37, sent her patient flirty messages after the pair followed each other on Instagram and swapped numbers a day after she delivered his devastating diagnosis.

The oncologist, from Toronto, Canada, began sexting the man before eventually staying with him during treatment for his illness and having sex in his hospital bed. Sundaralingam, who treated the man 23 times between January and July 2015 and once in March 2016, behaved ‘in a physical, flirty and sexual manner’, a discipline hearing was told.

She once visited him at hospital after drinking and engaged in ‘mutual sexual touching’, a statement of uncontested facts said. The medic ‘repeatedly asked Patient A to delete their texts and keep their relationship a secret, as she was concerned the college would become aware of their sexual and inappropriate relationship’, according to the statement.

She went to his family home, visited him at hospital and even asked him about a porn and cheese party where ‘there was a prize for the person who had the best cheese and porn combination’. She added: ‘I may have been to one’.

After asking him to remove her name from any visitor’s log at the hospital she ended the affair in 2015, telling Patient A she was in love with a colleague. The man, who cannot be named, said: ‘It’s difficult for me to talk to anybody about it because the reality is that I’m a male so for me to say, ‘Hey, I dated my oncologist,’ it wouldn’t be a surprise for someone to say ‘Cool.’ But that’s not cool.

‘That’s not the case because I feel abused, and it’s very difficult as a male to come out and say that about a female. It’s usually the other way around.

‘I was physically emaciated and emotionally exposed and the loss of a critical relationship defeated me. What compounded this toll was her refusal to continue providing medical care at the same time.’

Sundaralingam was stripped of her license Wednesday after pleading no contest and being found guilty of sexually abusing a patient. Sundaralingam must now pay $16,000 to cover patient therapy costs, and an additional $6,000 to cover the discipline hearing costs.

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