Texas mom angry after doctor prescribes paddling for 5-year-old

Here's a prescription your tyke doesn't get from a doctor every day — or, probably, ever: "Apply large paddle to bottom of child anytime he needs it."

Courtney Capps, 27, of Burleson was flabbergasted when an emergency department physician at Huguley Memorial Medical Center wrote the dubious direction for her 5-year-old son earlier this year. She said the doctor also asked her son about his race, which seemed to have had nothing to do with an infection on his finger.

"You can't make a racial remark to my child and then write a prescription" like this, said Capps, head of administration for an insurance company and a single mother of four boys.

Capps filed a complaint last week with the Texas Medical Board against the physician. Dr. Carl W. Gossett could not be reached for comment, though his wife said the incident was a joke taken the wrong way.

Hospital spokesman Kurt Adamie said the incident was immediately brought before the emergency room medical director. "Appropriate action was taken," he said.

Adamie added that the physician no longer practices at Huguley, but he did not comment on why.

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