Woman claims her prayer was misinterpreted by doctor as mental illness

March 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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CLEVELAND, March 12 (UPI) -- A woman self-described as an author of books about God and spirituality sued a doctor in a Cleveland court, claiming he mistook her prayer for psychosis.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, 56, sued St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Dr. Saraj Brar in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, the Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.

The suit said Doe, in the 15th day of a religious fast she often undertakes, became disoriented at a Cleveland gas station and was hospitalized. Involuntarily admitted to the hospital's psychiatric ward, she was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder with psychotic features.

Doe claims her religious devotion was characterized by Braras as "evidence of mental instability," with repeated references to her "'religious preoccupation' and noting Doe's Bible reading and audible praying as evidence (of) mental illness."

She seeks punitive damages for false imprisonment and violation of patients' rights.

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