The smiling interns and their foot. The smiling interns and their foot.

Young medical interns put their foot in it

The two were dismissed after posting photo of amputated foot on Twitter

A photograph of an amputated foot has cost two medical interns their jobs at an IMSS clinic in Monterrey, Nuevo León.


In a photograph they posted on Twitter the two are seen smiling broadly as one of them displays the severed appendage.

“My first leg, dad. Forgive me if these images bother you,” was the caption accompanying the photo, which unleashed an online controversy that questioned the sensitivity and ethics of the budding physicians, employed by the Social Security Institute (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social).

Others countered the online lynching by suggesting that an amputation was a milestone in their medical careers.

The local IMSS office was not touched by that sentiment and chose to dismiss the young women. The newspaper El Universal reported that a formal complaint has been filed.

The newspaper also interviewed a researcher from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, or UANL) who specializes in social networks.

Luis Antonio Lucio López said the case resulted from the failure of adults to teach responsible behavior and the use of new technologies to children and teenagers.


In his opinion a dedicated course should be created to instruct children at an age as early as pre-school in the safe and responsible use of the internet.

The researcher added that medical interns are part of a social-media generation that has a great need to socialize all the events of their lives in order to obtain acceptance and build an image of professional success.

An academic at the same university saw posting the picture online as a reprehensible act that reflected poor ethics and lack of respect for confidentiality.

The action also showed a lack of respect for the patient and his or her family, said Juan de Dios Sánchez Martínez, who also observed a lack of social sensitivity.

Sánchez agreed that the teaching of principles and values should be reinforced at all academic levels, having witnessed the same lack of sensitivity among crime reporters who hunt emergency rooms for shocking photographs without showing any respect for the victims or their relatives.

Still, the professor did not think that dismissing the interns or invalidating their medical licenses was the right solution. Instead, he said, it should serve as a teaching and learning opportunity, and the interns should offer an apology and undergo treatment.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • TioDon

    Yeah, this is what Mexico should be worrying about…..

  • K. Chris C.

    Interesting who and what slights and transgressions tyranny chooses to pounce upon.

    An inappropriate post due to enthusiasm in the learning of one’s chosen line of work is met with a ton of bricks. The theft of millions and the assistance in the disappearance of hundreds is met with a feather duster.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • David Nichols

      Apples and oranges….
      This post is about medical ethics and sensitivity, which these students failed to appreciate…
      The fact that there are other issues in Mexico that warrant adressing, doesn’t negate the validity of this post…
      You are correct that millions (more often billions) are being stolen, at all political levels in Mexico , and the disappearance and murder of thousands are routinely ignored…I agree, but if we are to correct these deficiencies, ethics and a sensitivity to correct behavior needs to be applied to ALL areas of Mexican society…

  • A lynching? This is the second time in recent months that MND has misused this word.

    As for the two silly girls, good riddance. Let them sell tacos on the sidewalk.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Being from the Monster generation i.e. the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolf, and Swamp Monster, I can understand how cool this sharing of the interns experience must have been but I would believe that Twitter was the wrong medium. Should of been from a more P2P exchange.

    What the general public understands about these issues is just that, they’re private exchanges that happen to be publicly exposed. It’s not the interns nor the Youth that need remediation but the Old Farts that have lived past their time!