Doctors Criticised For Partying As Woman Gives Birth On New Year's Eve
Doctors and nurses at a hospital in Guatemala have been criticised after they celebrated the new year while a woman gave birth beside them.
The incident took place in the Roosevelt Maternity in the Guatemalan capital Guatemala City, and was recorded on camera by doctors.
In the clip, you can see dozens of nurses and doctors in scrubs and party hats shouting and screaming in excitement as the clock struck midnight. At first glance, it almost just looks like many other celebrations that were taking place across the globe, with the group counting down to the new year.
But lying next to them is also a poor woman who's in the middle of childbirth - grimacing away as she tries to deliver her child, which, as we all know, isn't supposed to be a particularly comfortable experience.
The woman's baby was born just as the countdown finished, prompting the doctors to celebrate wildly at the coincidental timing of the birth.
They then carried the baby to its mother, who wasn't looking best pleased about what had been going on around her.
The video was posted online - where the doctors' behaviour was soon criticised, with one person commenting: "Terrible, poor mother and son, in such a special moment, what were those crazy people screaming?"
Another wrote: "The controversy is that they made a circus: shouting, phones, lots of people violently breaking a special moment that should have been intimate and managed carefully."
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A third added: "A lack of professionalism."
It is unclear if an investigation has been launched into the incident.
While the celebrations may seem insensitive to some, the scenes were still a lot tamer than some of those going on elsewhere.
Over in the UK, the New Year's Eve antics were proving a little too much for some partiers, who were photographed falling over in the streets, fighting, passed out in the middle of the pavement or being led away by police.
In a tweet from Greater Manchester Police, they said that the city's annual fireworks display had actually gone fairly smoothly, except for one person who just couldn't quite contain his excitement.
Inspector Middleton wrote: "The Albert Square fireworks was very popular only 1 person there didn't behave (arrested after exposing his penis)."
West Midlands Police also said on their social media sites that it was one of the busiest nights of the year with more than 1,000 calls in just a few hours.
They tweeted: "@WMPContact have dealt with 1,376 emergency calls between midnight and 5.30am. As a comparison the day before we dealt with 1870 calls for an entire 24hr period. Busy night for all concerned who've done a sterling job."
Yep, suddenly all that whooping and cheering around a woman in childbirth don't seem quite so bad...
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