Jewish doctor refuses to operate on Nazi patient

November 12th, 2010 - 9:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Paderborn, Nov 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A doctor forgot about his Hippocratic Oath and refused to perform a surgery on a patient who had a Nazi tattoo on his shoulder. The Jewish doctor reportedly said that he could not reconcile his conscience with the surgery.

The Bild newspaper reported that the incident happened in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Paderborn on Friday. The patient was a 38-year-old man and the paper reports that he needed a surgery but the tattoo was too insulting for the Jewish doctor to offer him that service.

The man has the tattoo of Reichsadler which translates “Imperial Eagle” in English. The animal has been drawn perched on swastika. The 46-year-old doctor felt offended by the tattoo and reportedly told the man’s wife that he cannot do the procedure on her husband. He was reported to have told the wife that, “I will not operate on your husband. I’m Jewish”. He reportedly left the patient and allowed another doctor to do the surgery.

Germany has taken steps after the end of the Second World War to ensure that the scar that was left on the country’s reputation is removed. The country has banned all Nazi symbols in the country and offenders can spend up to three years in jail if they break that rule.

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