In essence, the Internet and social media are incredible tools which should, (emphasis on should), allow us, as humans, to progress and flourish.
The Internet provides us with an endless stream of knowledge – you want to find out the winner of the Ghanaian Premier League in 2003, you can, you want to find out about the Norman Conquest of England, go ahead. It’s all there. All of it.
Similarly with social media, when used properly, it connects us, from our bedrooms, kitchens, offices, and toilets, to the world – we can send messages, files and pictures to the other side of the world in a click.
Unfortunately though, there’s a dark side to social media and the Internet as a whole – and this is just one story about it.
This is the tale of a Russian nurse, who’s under investigation for posting pictures onto social media of her mocking dying patients and explaining a whole host of disturbing things she suggests are merely common behaviour in her hospital, reports The Mirror.
In one post she wrote:
[The hospital staff] only help people they want to help. If they don’t want to help, you are doomed.
They don’t give a f*ck. Patients may have extremely low blood pressure, and doctors don’t use defibrillators.
Shockingly, the woman, Anna Kim, has not been sacked for her social media outbursts despite taking photos with patients fighting for their life.
In another written post, she said:
Some patients might go out of their minds…. We tie them to beds. But it’s okay, this is life.
Worryingly, this appears to be somewhat of a social media trend in Russia – with other doctors and nurses posting similar pictures.
Gulnaz Yalalova, a 20-year-old nurse, posed with a spleen that had just seconds before been removed from a patient.
In Syktyvkar, a male gynaecologist reportedly shared photos of a woman’s vagina which he took while examining her.
Two nurses in Alexandrov posed with packets of donated blood and used the legs of a sedated intensive care patient as targets for hoops which they threw at her.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.