BEIJING – The patient who appeared in the controversial selfies taken by surgeons in a Xi’an hospital said he was aware of what the doctors were doing and had agreed before they took the photos, People’s Daily reported on Wednesday.
A set of surgeons’ selfies with a patient lying on the operating table stirred heated debate on the Internet in the past few days.
Although a lot of netizens expressed understanding and tolerance, the photos still led to three officials of the hospital being stripped of their posts and all medical workers in the photos were given administrative punishment.
Bai Wenhai was sent to Xi’an Fengcheng Hospital on July 24 after his leg was severally injured.
Surgeons operated on his leg from 11pm to 7am on that very night.
The second surgery was performed on August 15, the day when the selfies were taken. The seven-hour operation was successful, saving Bai’s leg from amputation.
“All the doctors were happy, as if they had won a battle,” said Zheng Xiaoju, a surgeon who participated in the operation.
Since the operation room was going to be disbanded the next day, they took some group selfies there. A doctor posted the photos on his WeChat Moments on August 16 to memorise the last operation in the room.
“I knew they were taking photos and I also agreed,” Bai said. “They worked so hard to save my leg. I don’t understand why they are being criticised.”