Four hospital employees at the Kamineni hospital in Hyderabad have been fired for taking a selfie with the body of the late Nandamuri Harikrishna. The four people included one ward boy, one ward girl, and two nurses.
According to reports, the selfie was clicked minutes after the medical staff failed to resuscitate the actor-turned-politician. Harikrishna had met with an accident on Wednesday.
The selfie went viral and received widespread criticism over the how inappropriate and inconsiderate it was to take a picture with the body of a person.
According to the Times of India, the photo was shared by Narasimha, the ward boy.
DGM Sridhar Reddy told Times of India, "The incident caused us much embarrassment. Whatever good work we did to resuscitate Nandamuri Harikrishna after he was brought to the hospital has been washed away with the shameful act of our lower run staff.
"Doctors did CPR for almost two hours continuously to revive Harikrishna. After the failed attempt, they came out of the casualty. At the time, the nurses and staff who were cleaning the blood of Harikrishna and assisted the doctors who were treating him took a selfie with the body. We are shocked to know about this," Reddy said.
He went on to say that he sacked all the four people, D Narasimha, K Himaja, P Sumalatha, two nurses and T Adiseshu. The hospital also complained to the police about the incident.
Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a car accident while he was on his way to attend a wedding in Nellore. His car hit a median and he flew out of his car due to the impact.
Harikrishna was the son of the late NTR, who was also an actor-politician. He was the brother-in-law of TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.