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Operation Fight Club: Chinese medical staff in punch-up as patient undergoes surgery

Hospital say brawling pair fighting over ‘relationship issues’ but not a couple. Police deny the patient was present – but internet users are far from convinced

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 May, 2017, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Friday, 19 May, 2017, 1:51pm

A fight broke out in an operating theatre in central China while surgery was underway, due to suspected relationship problems between two medical staff, mainland media reported.

Leaked surveillance footage shows a man and woman – dressed in medical scrubs and surgical caps – coming to blows at Lankao Central Hospital in Henan province last Friday, according to the Legal Evening News.

The brawl appeared to be taking place while a patient was still lying on the operating table, surrounded by six doctors and nurses.

The confrontation seemed to escalate after the man removed his medical glove and threw it at the woman’s face. She then moved to hit him back, prompting him to charge forward and land at least seven successive blows to her head as nearby staff scrambled to stop the conflict.

Police who were investigating the incident declined to reveal the reasons for the brawl.

Chinese patient, 69, allowed to play with mobile phone during operation

But the Lankao county propaganda department told local media that the two began fighting because of relationship-related issues, although the two were not a couple.

While police claimed the fight took place after the operation when the patient was no longer in the operating room, online users pointed out that video footage contradicted that statement.

“The patient is obviously still on the table, [and] doctors are still operating,” one Sina Weibo user wrote. “They cannot lie so blatantly.”

“Obviously the surgery is still underway, I’m not blind,” wrote another.

Chinese orthopaedic surgeon performs surgery with his own leg in a splint

Others commented on the lack of professionalism in the incident.

“It doesn’t matter what started it, the patient is most important! Save the dying and help the injured, is this just a slogan? This cannot represent all doctors, but does it represent the majority?” one user wrote indignantly.

Some were simply confused by the whole incident: “[Fighting over] relationship problems, but they’re not a couple? I don’t understand, is this what society calls ‘friends with benefits’?”