A medical student is under fire for posting a disturbing selfie of him next to a woman’s vagina while working in a hospital delivery room.
Venzeuela-based Daniel Sanchez reportedly posted the offending photograph to his Instagram account (now made private) with the caption, “Lady I can deliver your baby but first let me take a selfie,” according to VICE.
VICE reports that the controversial image depicted Sanchez smirking at the camera while a woman, who is naked from the waist down, gives birth behind him. “Little devils are brought into the world, [vaginas] are reconstructed, they’re made to be like new, almost 0 kilometers,” continues Sanchez’s caption.
“Health professionals and students dealing with mothers should have impeccable behavior at all times that respects the emotional and physical needs of women in labor and their babies,” reads the petition. “Violation of their rights many times constitutes a crime, and at all times shows an abuse of power, bad practice and perpetuates the abuse of women in situations of vulnerability.”
“It is absolutely unacceptable and illegal to take pictures of the women or babies admitted to maternity services without their knowledge and without their consent,” it continues. “It is just simply inappropriate in the professional interaction, and to then publish it on social media with sexually discriminatory comments is extremely worrying and an embarrassment to any hospital.”
The petition asks for Sanchez’s hospital to investigate his practices and to take appropriate actions. It currently has over 5,000 supporters.
According to VICE, Sanchez apologized to the petition’s creator, Jesusa Ricoy of Roses Revolution, for the photo, but says he did not take the photo himself and said he had the consent of the woman pictured.
Surprisingly, Sanchez is not the only health professional opting to take selfies in delivery rooms. Though not all the images are as graphic, a number of nurses and doctors have posted selfies from hospital rooms using the hashtag “#deliveryroom.” It’s unclear if the photos below were taken with permission from the patients.
Additionally, Joan Rivers’ doctor allegedly took a selfie during the procedure that led to her death. An investigation of the incident asserted that Rivers was sedated while her personal physician took pictures and failed to notice her deteriorating vital signs.