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Swedish teen pregnant after implant mix-up

Published: 15 Apr 2009 11:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Apr 2009 11:43 GMT+02:00

A young Swedish couple found to their amazement that they were expecting a baby - despite the fact that the girl had a contraceptive implant.

When the implant was removed the mystery became clear - she had been given a dummy model.

Jessica Lindberg, who lives in Gothenburg, was only 16-years-old when she became pregnant.

The pregnancy was only discovered after 20 weeks when Lindberg approached her local clinic to get the implant removed and staff informed her of her condition.

"Then she says that this is presumably a test implant that you have had inserted. It is not a real contraceptive implant," the girl told Uppdrag Granskning, a television program on Sveriges Television broadcast on Wednesday.

A real contraceptive implant is white, while the dummy model is blue. This has raised the question of how the mistake could occur.

Both the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and the public health disciplinary board (Hälsö- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN) have reviewed the case, but neither has managed to develop an explanation.

According to the pharmaceutical firm which manufactures the implants, there is no risk that the dummy models can be mixed up before they are handled by the clinic which operates them in.

The young couple are now the parents of a two-year-old boy. The couple's insurance company has rejected their claim for compensation arguing that "no one has been hurt".

A contraceptive implant is a small stick containing the hormone progesterone which is inserted under the skin in the arm. The hormone is slowly released into the body, preventing eggs from being released. Each implant lasts for three years.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:15 April 15, 2009 by Miss Kitten
Hmm...I think I smell a conspiracy here. That nurse is obviously a secret supporter of the the "Abstinence Only Until Marriage" program, and implanted the fake implant as a message to everyone, "See??? This is what happens when you have sex before you're married. "
13:18 April 15, 2009 by Mzungu
Afraid it's a common trait.

A nation wide competition was conducted for virgins under the age of 16,one was sick the other couldn't turn up!

*that's life*
19:25 April 15, 2009 by Menachem
This is a desperate attempt of the Swedish administration to bolster up their saging,lacklustre and aging population. I doubt greatly there were any mix-up. It was malicious and intentionally.
19:39 April 15, 2009 by Kaethar
Yes, because what Sweden really wants is teenage mothers living on welfare...
20:54 April 15, 2009 by Willy
Extra! Extra! Swedish journalism has done it again: "Having sex causes...CHILDREN!". The horror.

This comes a couple of weeks after the revelation that an extreme-right party widely believed to be racist is...racist.

Well done!
21:10 April 15, 2009 by Shark99 - The Great Catsby
Why is this news, it happened two years ago apparently?
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