- Four medical personnel including two doctors were suspended for allegedly using a patient’s severed foot as a pillow
- Based on a source, the patient’s attendant placed the foot under his head
- The local government is currently conducting an investigation over the incident
Four medical staff members at an Indian hospital have been suspended by authorities and are under investigation after using the severed foot of an accident victim as the patient’s pillow.
“Four staff members including two doctors have been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” Sadhna Kaushik, principal of Rani Laxmibai Medical College in Uttar Pradesh state’s Jhansi town, said.
The patient named Ghanshyam, who is a 28-year-old school bus cleaner, was seriously injured due to a bus accident on Saturday morning, March 10.
The doctors treated him immediately but it wasn’t clear who placed the foot under his head.
The patient’s relatives explained to a local news network that hospital staff ignored their requests that Ghanshyam should be given a pillow.
“When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest. I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused,” Janaki Prasad; a relative of the victim was quoted saying on the local news.
It was also reported that Ghanshyam’s relatives eventually bought a pillow from a local market. “The doctor looked for something to raise his head. The patient’s attendant used the leg,” Kaushik told Press Trust of India.
The Uttar Pradesh government has also ordered an examination into the incident.