María José González, a medical student at the Valle de México University, thought it was a good idea to post a smiling selfie alongside a dying patient. Word up DeVry, it wasn’t.

González has spent the past month in hell after the heartless snap leaked and went viral.

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María José González selfie dying patient

The picture, originally shared via the instant messenger Whatsapp, contained a none-too-flattering comment from González as well. “I was on duty and saw a woman dying and then took a selfie,” González reportedly wrote, complete with an inappropriate emoji. “The picture has been misunderstood, I took it some time ago and yesterday the lady was very sick but I had struck up a rapport with her,” González apparently wrote on her Facebook page in an attempt to defend herself, “She told me some things about her life and as it was my first day of my internship, I wanted to have a souvenir. Yes, I took several pictures but I did ask permission and she did agree.” h/t rawstory

Though she would later concede that the woman was indeed sick and unable to fully close her mouth, she emphasized that the photo was taken a long time ago and that the patient had not died during her shift. Um okay, still not okay…

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