Jhansi: Doctors Use Victim's Amputated Leg as Pillow; Govt Orders Probe

The victim who was the cleaner of a school bus met with an accident and was sent to the Jhansi medical college after preliminary treatment at a local health centre

Patient's severed leg used as pillow in Jhansi medical college, probe ordered

Raising serious questions on Uttar Pradesh's health services, an accident victim was made to lie on a stretcher with his own severed leg placed under his head at Jhansi Medical College on Saturday.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Ghanshyam, was seriously injured in a bus accident.

The woeful state of Indian medical institutions, especially in government-run hospitals have been a topic debate for a long time.

The cleaner was immediately rushed to the Jhansi medical college hospital where the doctors amputated his leg to prevent the infection from spreading, reports said.

The Uttar Pradesh government is investigating the hospital and action will be taken against those found responsible.

Visuals of the man which were aired on local channels showed him lying on a stretcher with bandages around the leg.

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"We have set up a four-member committee to find out who put the severed leg under the patient's head", said Sadhna Kaushik, principal of the Maharani Laxmibai Medical College and Hospital in Jhansi, told AFP.

"Strict action will be taken if our staff is found at fault", she had said earlier, adding that "two doctors have been suspended pending investigation".

"The doctor looked for something to raise his head on".

Taking cognisance of the alleged incident, State Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon late on Saturday night, directed the suspension of two doctors and two nurses with immediate effect on the ground of laxity in discharging their duty. "I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused", Janaki Prasad, a relative of the victim was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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