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The wife of a double amputee is asked to remove her husband’s legs in a bag from the Ukrainian hospital

Double amputee’s wife is asked to take her husband’s severed legs in a bag from Ukrainian hospital

  • The woman was told to ‘run away’ because doctors had no waste disposal facilities
  • A friend said the woman passed out after removing the severed limbs in a bag
  • Her case has sparked a scandal in Ukraine due to a lack of health care funding

The wife of a double amputee was told by medics to carry the severed legs in a bag from the hospital because doctors had no facilities to dispose of ‘medical waste’.

The case has sparked a scandal in Ukraine over chronic health care cash shortages.

Oksana Kirichishina, a friend of the unnamed woman, said, “Her husband’s legs have been amputated.

She was told at the hospital to come in the morning, stay there until the surgery was over, and run. She put this bag with her legs on her shoulders.

“She left the hospital and passed out because … she felt the warmth of these legs on her shoulder.”

The woman (photo) of a patient who had both legs amputated in Ukraine was forced to carry the severed limbs in a bag from the hospital

The woman (photo) of a patient who had both legs amputated in Ukraine was forced to carry the severed limbs in a bag from the hospital

The nightmare took place at Novobuzhskaya Central District Hospital in Novyi Buh, in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region.

A video shows the woman wiping her tears as her boyfriend explains about the grotesque ordeal she has endured.

The hospital’s chief physician, Vladimir Lushchenko, said he expected family members in this situation to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery “in a grave where the patient can be buried later.”

He also launched a devastating attack on the woman after her boyfriend went public with the horror.

“You took this bag on your shoulders – why did you do this?” he asked.

She insists she did so because his staff told her to.

The woman had “misunderstood the situation,” he claimed.

‘Our hospital had a recycling center [for handling body parts] but it was looted by local residents and dismantled for scrap metal.

The hospital's chief physician, Vladimir Lushchenko (pictured), said he expected family members in this situation to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery.

The hospital's chief physician, Vladimir Lushchenko (pictured), said he expected family members in this situation to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery.

The hospital’s chief physician, Vladimir Lushchenko (pictured), said he expected family members in this situation to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery.

It is not cheap to renew it again – at prices two or three years ago, the installation itself cost 300,000 hryvnia (£ 8,200).

You still have to install it and get a license. Disposal is a very precious pleasure. ‘

She could have sought help from the hospital management, he said.

The woman was traumatized that her husband had to amputate both legs and had followed the instructions given to her.

Kirichishina said, “She was told by the hospital to come early … sit down and wait for the operation to finish … and bring the amputated legs.”

The reason for the double amputation was not clarified.

Today, despite public anger over the matter, the region’s health administration has set up a special commission of inquiry.

A spokesman said: “The committee is currently working in the hospital. After completion of the inspection, the conclusions of the committee will be made public. ‘

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