In a case that combines the morbid, negligent and outright outrageous, two doctors in India have been suspended for using a patient’s amputated leg as a pillow to prop up his head.
The incident took place at the Maharani Laxmi Bai Medical College and Hospital, in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The victim, 28-year old Ghanshyam, the cleaner of a school bus, had met with a serious accident and was rushed to the hospital.
According to the principal of the Maharami Laxmi Bai Medical Hospital, Ghanshyam was given immediate medical attention, and his leg was amputated to prevent infection from spreading.
After the operation, Ghanshyam was returned to a visiting ward.
When his relatives came to visit him, they were horrified by what they saw: instead of a pillow, Ghanshyam’s severed leg had been used to prop up his head.
“When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest,” Janaki Prasad, a relative, told NDTV, a local television network.
“I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused,” Prasad added, stating that the doctors refused to give Ghanshyam a pillow.
His relatives later bought one for him at the local market.
Investigations are ongoing to determine the exact culprit, but two doctors who are suspected of the tasteless act have been suspended.
Uttar Pradesh, home to 200 million people, is one of India’s poorest states. Hospitals are usually ill-equipped, and medical negligence is common.
Last month, an unlicensed doctor in Uttar Pradesh was arrested for infecting at least 46 people with HIV from re-using a syringe.
Perhaps we really ought to be more grateful of what we already have here in Singapore.