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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman says Broadlawns Hospital used lies and intimidation to try to prevent you from hearing about how she got sick.

Kelli Snyder is hospitalized with an E. coli infection after swimming in Gray’s Lake late last month, one day before the city closed the beach because of high levels. She wanted to be interviewed, but a doctor told Channel 13 she changed her mind about the interview because she didn’t like what she was wearing. Later, on the phone, Snyder told us that’s a lie.

“He came in and you know just asked me if I wanted to do the interview and I told him I didn`t really have a problem with it,” Snyder said, “And then he was like, well, this is going to make the city mad and people might get mad at you about it.” Snyder added that she felt a little intimidated.

The man who the hospital identified as Snyders’ doctor, Larry Severidt, later called and said it would be OK to interview Snyder, even though he didn’t talk with her about it first. Snyder says Dr. Severidt is not her doctor, and the first time she met him was when he advised her not to be interviewed.

Dr. Severidt says he doesn’t recall much of his conversation with Snyder, but insists he did not tell her people could be mad at her if she did the interview. He said a nurse witnessed the conversation, but he would not let us talk with the nurse and Dr. Severidt refused to be interviewed on camera.