“Ghetto Booty” Diagnosis Attracts National Attention

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(Memphis, TN)  It was a story that had people around the country talking.

Terry Ragland went to a Jackson, TN doctor complaining of back pain, only to get a diagnosis of “ghetto booty.”

“I think I blacked out after he said ghetto booty. I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase, because I couldn’t believe he said that,” said Ragland.

Doctor Timothy Sweo, who gave the diagnosis, later wrote Ragland an apology letter.

He also admitted on the phone to News Channel 3 that he did use the term while trying to explain the cause of Ragland’s back pain.

After the diagnosis, Ragland filed a complaint with the state.

However, a decision was made not to take any action against Dr. Sweo.

Ragland’s story went viral through websites, newspapers, television news and even daytime talk show, ‘The Doctors.’

While the host of the show found the diagnosis humorous, they all agreed the diagnosis was not appropriate.

“I’m not sure if that was very good bedside manne,” said host Dr. Drew Ordon.

Despite Ragland’s reaction to the diagnosis, many are actually looking to have larger butts.

Personal trainer Brooke Wilson said her clients often request to work on their, “booty,” only second to weight loss.

“J.Lo of course, always Jennifer Lopez. They want a J.Lo booty,” said Wilson.

Still Ragland says she was only looking for a doctor to take her seriously, “It’s not endearing. It’s not loving. It’s not a compliment.  It’s wrong in every aspect and it’s very demeaning."