Michigan hospital investigates organ photos posted on social media

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The photos show doctors posing with organs removed during operation. In one photo, a patient appears to still be on the operating room table.
The photos show doctors posing with organs removed during operation. In one photo, a patient appears to still be on the operating room table.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Spectrum Health launched an investigation into photos posted on Instagram from inside an operating room.

The photos show doctors posing with organs removed during operation. In one photo, a patient appears to still be on the operating room table.

WOODTV reports one photo’s caption references “The Price is Right” and mentions a game they play over the weight of the removed organs.

It appears the photos were posted by a group of residents training at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

Spectrum Health released the following statement to WOODTV:

“You want to make sure as a patient that you trust your provider. You want to make sure they respect you,” said Caitlin Donovan, with the Patient Advocate Foundation. “If you don’t think your doctor respects you as a person, then how in the world can you trust them with your life?”

The Instagram account has been taken down.

More information on the Patient Advocate Foundation can be found on its official website here.

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