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Doctors Allegedly Posted Photos of Patients’ Organs on Instagram in a Game to 'Guess That Weight'

Doctors from a Michigan hospital network are being investigated after they allegedly posted photos of themselves in the operating room, holding up patients' organs and asking Instagram users to guess their weight for a "Price Is Right"-style game.  

The photos, obtained by WOOD-TV, a local news network in Grand Rapids, appear to show doctors lifting up a recently-removed organ in one image, and a piece of a patient's fibroid tissue in another. Under the Instagram handle @grandrapids_obgyn_residency, they ask followers to leave their guesses in the comments.

"The other game we play in the OR [operating room] is guess that weight. It applies to much more than just babies. As always, 'Price Is Right' rules apply so if you go over then you're out!!" the caption said on the photo of a doctor holding up an organ.

In the photo with the fibroid tissue, the doctors said, "We get a little competitive when your… attending [physician] challenges you in morcellation. Longest one wins! Good work."

The doctors overseeing the Instagram account, which has since been removed, said in their bio that they are 35 OB-GYN residents from around the U.S. who are currently training at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. The hospital network, which includes 14 hospitals across Western Michigan, said they did not approve the Instagram account and are "actively and comprehensively investigating" the people involved.

"We were shocked and dismayed when we learned that surgical images were posted on an Instagram account not officially connected to Spectrum Health that was used by a group of medical residents," Spectrum Health said in a statement, The New York Times reported. "This unacceptable behavior does not in any way reflect our organization, the outstanding professionalism of our medical staff or our resident physicians-in-training."

PEOPLE has contacted Spectrum Health for further comment.

Before the posts were removed, some followers replied with guesses about the size of the organ. At least one criticized the photos, WOOD-TV reported, asking, "And do you think the patient would appreciate you posting this? Did she agree for her body to be displayed on social media as a part of your 'game'?"

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  • Posted on March 16, 2021