*WARNING: this article contains images readers may find disturbing*
At a government-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh, India, 4 medical professionals are facing disciplinary action after images surfaced on the internet of a patient whose leg had just been amputated being made to use to use his own severed limb as a pillow.
Twitter was beyond disgusted.
The poor man made to lay on his own leg was the 28-year-old victim of a bus accident.
Disciplinary action is being taken against all the physicians involved.
One official from the medical facility isn't sure her staff did anything wrong, however.
He was given immediate medical aid. Doctor looked for something to raise his head. Patient's attendant used the leg for the same. We've set up committee. Strict action will be taken if our staff is found to be at fault: Sadhna Kaushik, Principal,Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College pic.twitter.com/mLk6udOU1w— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 10, 2018
Kaushik's opinion doesn't seem to have many supporters on social media...
Those aspiring to become MBBS and they find this kind of attitude from the Principal, I think they are not going to feel happy, she (Sadhna Kaushik, Principal, Jhansi Medical College) should apologise: Dr. KK Agarwal, President, IMA #FightMedicalApathy pic.twitter.com/xDBslOVIpf— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 10, 2018
Ethics watchdogs around the world are also stepping in to make sure justice is served.
National Human Rights Commission issues notices to the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare over reports of a patient's amputated leg placed as a pillow at Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College in Jhansi.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 12, 2018
It doesn't matter if there weren't any pillows nearby - this should have never been an alternative!
Shame. License of doctor should be suspended / cancelled.— Gurmit Singh Bassi (@gsbassi54) March 12, 2018
Doctors are often praised for their God-like abilities. But this is so evil and twisted I can barely wrap my head around it!— David Stehle (@davidstehle) March 12, 2018
This wrong will be very difficult to right, but with institutional reform, it may be possible
Stricter rules for misconduct is a must. In fact in every profession they need to introduce ethics as a compulsory language. People have forgotten how to behave like civilised human beings. Appalling.— KiranN (@kiraninlondon) March 12, 2018