An investigation has been launched after doctors amputated a patient’s leg and was used as a pillow to prop up his head.

Two doctors have been suspended pending investigation in Uttar Pradesh.

Sadhna Kauhik, 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 man, is identified as 28-year-old Ghanshyam, was seriously injured in a bus accident.

One of his relatives said “When we reached the hospital, we saw his leg being used as a headrest.

“I repeatedly asked the doctors to intervene but they refused. Finally, after about two hours, I managed to get a pillow for him from the market and that’s when the leg was removed.”

Kaushik said the patient was given “immediate” medical attention and one of his relatives placed the leg under his head.

India’s state-run hospitals are often ill-equipped, severely underfunded and stretched to breaking point.

Uttar Pradesh government is investigating the hospital.

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