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Anna Lindh's care to be reviewed: agency

Anna Lindh's care to be reviewed: agency

Published: 20 Oct 2010 13:48 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Oct 2010 17:30 GMT+02:00

Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) will review the care former foreign minister Anna Lindh received after she was stabbed in central Stockholm in September 2003.

"The National Board of Health and Welfare will probe the care of former foreign minister Anna Lindh," the board said in a statement.

It pointed out that it did not normally re-examine cases older than two years, but that it would make an exception due to the huge public interest in the case.

"The case is of great public interest and has to do with how care worked in a situation where the foreign minister was the victim of an attack," board general director Lars-Erik Holm said in the statement.

"I have turned to the other general directors of corresponding authorities in the Nordic countries to get their help in appointing experts," he added.

Stockholm's Karolinska University Hospital last month requested that the board analyse Lindh's treatment, saying it wanted an independent review after commercial broadcast TV4 charged in a news programme that she may have been saved with better care.

Hospital spokesman Klas Österman insisted at the time, "We have not seen any signs, then or now, to indicate that we made any mistakes."

Lindh was stabbed repeatedly in the arms, chest and abdomen by a man with a history of psychiatric problems as she shopped at the upmarket NK department store in Stockholm without a bodyguard on September 10th, 2003. She died of massive internal bleeding some 13 hours later in the early hours of September 11th.

The board's decision comes three days after the broadcast of TV4's "Cold Facts" (Kalla Fakta) programme on Lindh's treatment.

The half-hour show featured a detailed presentation of the treatment she received from the moment she arrived at the hospital, through an eight-hour operation during which she received up to 50 litres of blood, until she was pronounced dead at 5.29am on September 11th.

An unnamed Swedish expert, whose face was blurred onscreen, said the hospital could have used better methods to stop the minister's bleeding from the abdomen, notably by using the so-called "damage control" operation method.

The programme also interviewed Dr. Donald Trunkey, an expert trauma surgeon at Oregon's Health and Science University, who described the rush to operate Lindh without first slowing the bleeding "futile."

"In the United States, if somebody did that in my hospital, I would call [such an eight-hour operation] foolhardy. I mean, you are not going to win," he said, adding the lengthy operation may have worsend her condition.

"I would have classified her as a preventable death," he said.

Eva Franchell, who was shopping with Lindh when she was attacked, said she was pleased an investigation would be launched.

"It opens up old wounds, of course, but I feel the rumours that have been spread around have been very unpleasant. That is why I think it is good that this can all be ended," she told the TT news agency.

Lindh's killer Mijailo Mijailovic, now 32, is serving a life sentence for the murder.

The killing of the 46-year-old mother of two young boys sent a shock wave around Sweden, bringing back painful memories of the still-unsolved 1986 assassination of prime minister Olof Palme.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:36 October 20, 2010 by Syftfel
Would the same "review" have been conducted, had she not been a social dem party hack, but an ordinary person? Or is this a case of the orwellian "Some are more equal tha others"?
14:54 October 20, 2010 by JulieLou40
This was news from LAST month. Why are you just recycling the same story?
14:59 October 20, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
@ Syftfel:

Not only that, how much could they find out after SEVEN YEARS have elapsed?

If there was a question about the medical treatment she received, shouldn't an inquiry been done sooner? Too much time has elapsed now to find anything of value.

Waste of time, money and resources.
16:09 October 20, 2010 by Puffin
It is all because of a new documentary that claims the hospital was negligent in its care of Anna Lindh in September 2003

- last month the hospital wrote to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and requested a review

- the Board has now considered the request and agree to review the care - and will inviting an international tema of trauma care experts to participate
20:09 October 20, 2010 by aab05001
The criminal Zionists are the one that assassinated Anna Lindh in a cold blood just because she condemned the Israeli crimes and because she supported the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation.

The Zionists also assassinated Olof Palme just because he welcomed the Palestinian president Yasser Arafat. Palme criticized Europe for supporting the criminal state of Israel which occupies Palestine.

Also the Zionists assassinated the Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte in Palestine in 1948 just because he demanded the return of the Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their land by the Israelis. He also condemned the UN decision for detaching 75 % of Palestine and gives it the holocaust survivors.
20:25 October 20, 2010 by miss79
aab- i think those who are against zionist, they will ended up like this..take an example like jorgen haider..
22:48 October 20, 2010 by zircon
Falsk, falsk, falsk. All falsk.
00:14 October 21, 2010 by saab
Dear aab and miss79, please take your medication. Thank you.
01:54 October 21, 2010 by procon
This meeting is evident connection with the murder both politicians. Anna Lindh was murdered six months later. Both killer was the same nationality. Wether the meeting was a trap?

Anna Lindh was due to meet the Prime Minister Djindjic in Belgrade on March,12 2003 but he was assassinated moments before the meeting was to begin at the door of the Serbian government building. An assassin was a high rank police officer.The Prime Minister and his bodyguard were seriously wounded. Bodyguard was transported to the hospital first. Prime ministar Zoran Djindjic arrived to the hospital 10 minutes later accompanied by an advisor to the Prime Minister for Security Zoran Janjusevic. General surgeon and Chief Executive Officer Djordje Bajec, at that time candidate for the health minister, decided that the priority for surgical treatment has a bodyguard, not the Prime Minister. He explained that no one recognized the prime Minister because no one looked at him. The Prime Minister was dead.
06:52 October 21, 2010 by mikewhite
"opens up old wounds" - not the kindest choice of words
14:28 October 22, 2010 by cogito
What #1 said.

Right. She represented the party of we-are-holier-than-thou equality. So why should her case have received special treatment--then or now?
15:43 October 22, 2010 by The Baldchemist
What bloody good will that do? The doctors did what they could with the equipment and staff on hand. I'm sure they did the best possible. That some smart arse, seven years after the event starts picking flaws in the treatment is lamentable. Leave it be. I'm sure everyone has learned a lesson.
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