Crash Victim Forced To Use His Severed Foot As Pillow In Hospital

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Administrators at the government-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh state vowed "strict action" after images emerged showing the patient on a stretcher with the amputated limb being used as a headrest.

Authorities at Maharani Laxmibai Medical College in Jhansi India are trying to get to the bottom of why doctors used the 25-year-old patient's foot as a pillow for his head. "Strict action will be taken if our staff is found to be at fault", she said, adding, "It appears to be a case of mischief". "The patient's attendant used the leg".

India Today reported that two doctors and two nurses were suspended over the incident.

The man, who was a cleaner in a school bus, had sustained serious injuries when the bus carrying children of a private school turned turtle in a bid to avoid a collision with a tractor in Mauranipur area in Jhansi district on Saturday.

Ghanshyam's relatives told the local NDTV news network that hospital staff ignored their requests that Ghanshyam, who was identified by his first name, be given a pillow.

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His relatives have alleged that doctors were the ones to place the foot under his head as a pillow. "Brother-in-law, Janaki Prasad said, 'I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused".

Uttar Pradesh, which is home to 200 million people, is one of India's poorest states, and long waits are common for even minor treatments.

Under the bio medical waste (management and handling) rules 2016, notified by the government's ministry of environment, forest and climate change, on March 28, 2016, the severed leg should have been put in a "Yellow Box" meant for amputated human organs, the Commission said.

Medical negligence is not uncommon in government run hospitals as these do not have proper equipment or face staffing and hygiene issues.