On July 31st, a message went viral on social media calming that a doctor from a Muzaffarnagar hospital had been taken under arrest for stealing a kidney of a coronavirus patient. This post was largely shared on Twitter and Facebook with two images, first of a kidney placed in an ice-tray and the second of a policeman having a conversation with two men. It also came with a caption written in Hindi which reads, “A doctor of Garg hospital in Muzaffarnagar, Uttarpradesh, was caught trying to sell kidney from corona patient. Humanity is over, tarnished Dr’s profession.”
Pic taken from India Today
But the India Today’s team had researched and found out that the post that went viral is fake. The incident that had been mentioned in the post actually took place around two years ago, in June 2018, which was even reported by various news websites then, and is now, nowhere linked with Covid-19.
The news report of the actual incident that occurred 2 years ago claimed that a doctor named Vibhu Garg of Garg hospital of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh had been arrested along with three other staffs of the hospital for stealingly removing a kidney of a 60 year old patient. The family members of this patient also urged that they had been able to find the stolen kidney, hidden in an ice-bag. After this incident, the hospital was sealed.
With further research on the image, India Today team had also found out that the same image that went viral was published on 23rd June, 2018, in a Hindi website known as Royal Bulletin, along with the actual incident of Dr. Garg.
Thus, it is proved that the viral post about the Muzaffarnagar doctor stealing a covid-19 patient’s kidney is totally misleading and fake. The happening is from 2018 and had no link with the ongoing pandemic.
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