Man's severed leg used as pillow in Jhansi hospital

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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 school bus helper, believed to be called Ghanshyam, had to have his leg amputated after the vehicle overturned while trying to avoid crashing into a tractor, local media reports. Earlier a year ago, over 30 children had died in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College and Hospital after oxygen supply was disrupted over non-payment of dues.

The probe was ordered by the Uttar Pradesh government after the incident went viral.

In Rajasthan, a nursing staff of a government hospital allegedly declared a newborn baby dead.

Sadhna Kaushik, the medical colleges principal, said a four-member committee has been formed to find out who put the severed leg under the patients head.

"He (the patient) was given immediate medical aid".

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His relatives have alleged that doctors were the ones to place the foot under his head as a pillow.

Ghanshyam, 28, a school bus conductor, had lost one of his legs when the bus turned turtle in Lehcura area in Jhansi district.

The hospital officials, however, denied that the amputated leg had been used as a pillow but added that a probe had been ordered into the reports to this effect.

"When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest", Janaki Prasad, a relative, told NDTV. I repeatedly asked the doctors in duty to intervene but they refused.

A government spokesperson said the staff who have been suspended are Dr Alok Agarwal (senior resident - orthopaedics), Dr Mahendra Pal Singh (emergency medical officer), sister in-charge Deepa Narang and Shashi Srivastava, a nurse.