It speaks volumes to the selfish attitudes that lie at the core of the nation. We are far from living in a society where the golden rule applies.

An assailant attacked a 35-year-old man just a few meters from the doorstep of the Healthy & Happy Ukraine clinic in central Kyiv. Eyewitnesses said he went untreated for up to 30 minutes before a doctor from the clinic finally came and offered help. Witnesses said it took three separate pleas by two bystanders and a police officer before someone decided to honor the 2,500-year-old Hippocratic Oath.

 One wonders what kind of triage system the clinic has set up and under what kind of code of ethics it operates, if any, to prioritize medical situations. The big question is whether the victim would be alive if he had received prompter treatment. The clinic says it wouldn’t have mattered – the man was mortally wounded.

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