Selfies taken in operating room backfire
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.
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.