After a Mexican blog posted a picture of a medical resident sleeping behind a desk at a hospital in Monterrey, Mexico, and attacked her for not doing her job, doctors around the world leapt to her defense by posting pictures of themselves caught napping during some of their most grueling shifts. These images are going viral under the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi (“I’ve also fallen asleep” in Spanish).
In the 1980s, a high-profile case involving the death of a girl named Libby Zion at a hospital staffed by exhausted doctors led to the drafting of the Libby Zion Law. This law limits NY physicians’ work hours per week to “only” 80, showing just how overworked some of our doctors are.
More info: BBC
A blogger snapped these pics of a sleeping resident in Mexico at 3 a.m.
The writer criticized the young resident, saying that “doctors are obliged to do their work”
There were “dozens of patients who need care,” the blogger continued
Mexican doctor Juan Carlos responded by posting a tweet with the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi(or “I’ve also fallen asleep”)
Soon, hundreds of other doctors began defending the resident
Doctors around the world are often severely overworked
Some doctors work 36-hour shifts or 80-hour work weeks!
“We are people, not machines”