george steinmetz p h o t o
Russian emergency room

This patient in the acceptance ward of Yaroslavl Central Hospital had been lying on an iron stretcher for three hours after being brought in for having been drunk and falling backward on his head in the street. The doctors had left him to dry out before sewing him up and then forgot he was there. When I discovered him he was unconscious with a pool of blood about 40cm diameter under his head. When the doctors arrived they started swearing and began to cut his hair before taking him to surgery to sew it up.

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