This is Dr. Luo Heng, a surgeon in China. And yes, he's sleeping on the floor of the hospital, without even removing his scrubs first. But that doesn't mean that he's lazy or lacks concern for his patients.
Instead, Heng passed out after working an epic shift of 28 straight hours. And the shift also happened to be quite eventful, because he completed five surgeries during that time. That would be enough to knock anyone out cold.
In Mexico, a patient noticed this med student asleep at the desk, and posted this picture online. "We are aware that this is a tiring job but doctors are obliged to do their work," said a blogger who posted the photo. "There are dozens of patients in need of attention."
After the blogger criticized the sleeping intern, another doctor decided to speak out. Dr. Juan Carlos tweeted, "I've also fallen asleep after operating on one, two, three and even four patients on any regular shift." He also started the hashtag, #YoTambienMeDormi ("I've also fallen asleep").
The hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi started to spread, as more and more doctors and medical professionals admitted to sleeping at work. They also posted pictures of themselves sleeping. Instead of making them look lazy, these images showed them getting some well-earned rest after completing some hard and stressful work.
Dr. Carlos also said he started the hashtag to highlight the difference between doctor rights and patient rights. "As a doctor here in Mexico, it's illegal to take a picture of a patient without their prior consent, even if it's for medical purposes," he said. "But a patient can take a photo of a doctor with the sole purpose of damaging our reputation."
If you're working long hours saving people's lives, you don't always end up in the most comfortable sleeping position. And you don't always get the luxury of using a real, actual blanket when you rest. Sometimes you have to use a file folder instead.
The inside of a hospital mail slot doesn't look like the most fun place to rest your head. Doesn't this place have pillows or cushions...or even actual beds? But when you're this tired, pillows become pretty much unnecessary.
Are you an adult who misses sleeping in bunk beds? Then you can try to recreate that feeling by getting a job at a hospital. The beds are not particularly comfortable, but at least you won't get woken up by your annoying younger sibling who keeps kicking the bed.
So the next time you're at a hospital, keep in mind that the medical workers could be in the middle of a 36-hour shift, or an 80-hour week. And if they have some down time, it's perfectly fine if they want to get some sleep. Even if they want to sleep in this strange and uncomfortable position for some reason.