Self­ies taken in op­er­at­ing room back­fire

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

After a set of sur­geons’ self­ies taken next to a pa­tient un­der­go­ing surgery in a Xi’an hos­pi­tal went vi­ral on­line and stirred heated de­bate, the city’s health bureau re­moved three of­fi­cials of the hos­pi­tal from their posts.

The ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent of the hos­pi­tal and all med­i­cal work­ers in the pho­tos have been given a de­merit in their record, an ad­min­is­tra­tive pun­ish­ment in China.

Ac­cord­ing to the bureau, the pho­tos were taken on Aug 15 in an op­er­at­ing room that was go­ing to be dis­banded and the med­i­cal work­ers of the pri­vate hos­pi­tal took the pho­tos to keep the mem­ory of the room alive.

The self­ies were posted on Sina Weibo, the Chi­nese equiv­a­lent of Twit­ter, on Dec 20 by a user who claimed to be a friend of one of the doc­tors. The pho­tos show the doc­tors smil­ing and pos­ing in front of an un­con­scious pa­tient ly­ing on the op­er­at­ing ta­ble.

Though he deleted the post later, as of Mon­day af­ter­noon, they had been viewed 9.9 mil­lion times and had gen­er­ated more than 12,000 com­ments.

LYV GUIMING / ASIANEWSPHOTO

Tourists watch the stun­ning view of the Yel­low River Hukou ice cas­cade at the bor­der of North­west China’s Shaanxi prov­ince and North China’s Shanxi prov­ince.

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