Terry Ragland's doctor says he was just trying to dumb down her back pain diagnosis when he told her she suffers from "ghetto booty."
"I was trying to take a technical conversation regarding your lower back and make it less technical," Dr. Sweo told Ragland in a letter meant to be apologetic.
Reached by phone, Sweo told the news station he doesn't understand what was wrong with telling his patient she has a "ghetto booty."
"In trying to explain [her problem] I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn’t like that apparently," he told WREG by phone. "I think I do understand why her feelings were hurt but I don’t understand what’s offensive about it."
"It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning," said Ragland, who has filed a formal complain against Sweo with the Tennessee Department of Health.