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Surgeon takes selfie beside unconscious Joan Rivers

Surgeon takes selfie beside unconscious Joan Rivers
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Selfies, those self-portrait photographs people snap everywhere, are the rage around the world. But this disturbing story definitely shows that some selfies push the limits of decency.

You'll recall that last month, legendary comedienne Joan Rivers underwent what was supposed to be a minor medical procedure, but ending in her tragic death. Now there's new and very disturbing reports about that procedure.

Supposedly, Joan Rivers' doctor allegedly took a selfie photograph with her while she was in surgery. At least that is what one of the on-hand medical staff members reports.

Let me just say that this is one of the most deplorable acts by a health professional I have ever heard of - and from a surgeon, no less? Let me just say that the same would be true even if the talented comedienne has recovered from the procedure.

There is just so much wrong with this, I cannot begin to tell you.

For one, there is no reason I can imagine why it would ever be OK for a surgeon to be distracted from the task at hand, particularly when the patient has been anesthetized. Not only that, while it may have been a low-risk procedure, is there really any such thing when a patient is over 80 years of age.

C'mon, are you serious? I mean, have we, as a society become so taken with celebrity that we risk their life, our career, and in this case, the Hippocratic Oath just to do something that is not only illegal, but so petty and childish?

I am literally stunned.

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