Mary Lambert was left in tears after visiting a native radiology workplace that she claims was “unprepared for a fat patient.”
The singer, 32, visited Rayus Radiology in Massachusetts for an emergency MRI after injuring her knee in a snowboarding accident.
Taking to Twitter to element the “triggering” experience, Lambert wrote, “I changed into their biggest scrubs (a 2X), and had half of my butt exposed, only to have the MRI coil not fit around my knee.”
Lambert, identified for her hit music “Same Love” with Macklemore, famous that she was requested to disclose her weight “three separate times.”
“I was crying so hard in the dressing area that I had a panic attack,” she recalled. “And it’s an experience that fat people are often used to feel shame about.”
“People wonder why fat folks wait to/don’t seek medical treatment for themselves,” she continued. “It’s experiences like this that reinforce the idea that there is something wrong or abnormal with our bodies.”
In an interview with “Today,” Lambert recalled the technicians making an attempt to “squeeze” her injured knee “in a couple of different ways, but it was really painful.”
“They kept telling me, ‘We have a bigger coil. It just doesn’t work now,’” Lambert stated. “And I was like, ‘Please stop saying that, it’s not helpful.’”
Lambert informed “Today” that she ultimately left the ability with out getting the MRI executed.
After tweeting concerning the radiology workplace’s shortcomings, Rayus contacted Lambert and apologized. They are actually working with Lambert to make sure that her damaging experience is “not repeated in the future,” in accordance with a assertion obtained by “Today.”
“We acknowledge that this patient’s medical journey has sparked an important conversation about stigmas that exist in the plus-sized community and the challenges experienced when seeking health care,” the assertion stated.
“Rayus routinely serves patients of all body types and is the second largest purchaser of open MRI machines in the United States for this reason. We also seek to ensure that our facilities are accessible to all patients and that medical pants and gowns are made available in sizes up to 5XL. Moments like this allow the voices of our communities to challenge all providers to always provide the quality of service they deserve.”
Lambert revealed that she later returned to the ability for a profitable MRI.
“Regardless of whether or not fat people should lose weight or should be in the pursuit of a smaller body, fat people exist. We will always be here,” she stated. “What people need to answer really is will they continue to gatekeep life-saving medical procedures from bodies that will always exist?”