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Two doctors of govt hospital in UP's Jhansi suspended for using amputated leg as pillow
Another shocking incident of medical negligence has come to light in northern India's most populous Hindi heartland state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Although UP is home to over 200 million people, it also ranks amongst the country's poorest states with lack of even basic medical facilities.

A hospital official said on Sunday that two doctors of the UP-government-run Jhansi Medical College had been suspended and an inquiry into the incident launched after a patient's amputated leg was used as a pillow to rest his head.

While talking to new agency AFP, Sadhna Kaushik, principal of the Maharani Laxmibai Medical College and Hospital in Jhansi said, "We have set up a four-member committee to find out who put the severed leg under the patient's head. Strict action will be taken if our staff is found at fault."

The victim, who has been identified as 28-year-old Ghanshyam, a bus cleaner, suffered a serious limb injury after the bus turned turtle. He was rushed to Maharani Laxmibai Medical College and Hospital where the doctors decided to amputate his leg to save his life.

"He was given immediate medical aid. The doctor looked for something to raise his head. Patient's attendant used the leg for the same," added Kaushik.

However, the victim and his relatives claim that the doctors used his severed leg as a headrest to serve as pillow.

Cases of medical negligence aren't new in Uttar Pradesh. Last year, numerous newborn children had died in a single week at a UP government hospital due to shortage of oxygen. In another incident reported last month, a quack was arrested for using a common needle on a syringe and infecting 46 people with HIV.

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