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Swedish doctor assaulted 'for being a man'

Swedish doctor assaulted 'for being a man'

Published: 19 Nov 2010 14:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2010 14:25 GMT+01:00

"He was attacked by the husband and received a kick to the groin," said René Bangshöj at the hospital to the local Nerikes Allehanda (NA) daily.

The incident occurred on November 6th when the doctor entered the delivery room at the maternity ward at the hospital responding to a call from the woman's attendant midwife. She had recently given birth and was bleeding heavily.

The woman's husband screamed at the doctor that he should leave the room at once, but he refused and approached the patient to examine her. At this point he was attacked by the man.

The husband's brother joined in the melee, attacking the doctor from behind, according to the newspaper.

The matter was reported to the police who escorted the woman's relatives from the premises. The woman was then taken in for an operation to address the bleeding.

The doctor continues to work at the clinic and the hospital has stated that it plans to clarify its position that staff can not be selected according to their gender.

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Your comments about this article

15:07 November 19, 2010 by BERTRAM
tack Islamisty.
15:07 November 19, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Moslems or Roma?
15:11 November 19, 2010 by Syftfel
What cultural background does this woman suffer from, one asks? Whatever it is, she's unfit to live in a civilized society. Someone should re-indoctrinate her in Swedish ways.
15:22 November 19, 2010 by Swedesmith
How appropriate that today's Swedish word for the day is: annorlunda
15:29 November 19, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
You do good you get back aggression. Sometimes its better not to do good. If he would have left the women die he would have been blamed too.

All these beauty queens in Sweden why would he want to even think perversion like you(People) and look at your stoute wife?

if you dont like it here what are you doing here GO out go back to your Islamic world here people are not pervets.

Go out of this country that protects you feeds you and saves your wifes life and you replay with aggression.

Both those aggressive animal behaving creeps should be deported since they dont like goverment rules.
15:33 November 19, 2010 by ironman294
I love how politically correct swedish press is, not naming the ethnicity of the attackers. Much like in America when the media usually will not mention the ethnicity or color of the criminal. All they say is a man 5 feet 10 inches 185 pounds and wearing a red jacket. Gee thanks!

Also maybe the people were swedish and attacked the doctor cause he was more manly than the swedish man should be! ;-)
15:47 November 19, 2010 by eppie
No point in starting to discriminate groups of people now. The only thing they need to do is to show that this kind of behaviour is not tolerated here and for this reason sentence these people to a long enough time in prison.
16:00 November 19, 2010 by sherkovic
State of the mind needs attention!!

No where in the news I read anything about Islam or that the guy was or is muslim but the first couple of comments are bizzare, lacks witness and knowledge on the subject and are a true representation of 'islamophobic' mind.

Time to make laws against anti-islamism as stringent as there are for anti-semetism.
16:03 November 19, 2010 by eZee.se

I agree with you; prison time will send a much clearer message than a paper on the hospital wall saying they cannot choose which staff will attend to you.

Attacking a doctor who is trying to help your loved one is absolutely disgraceful.
16:10 November 19, 2010 by CarlBlack
@sherkovic: You cannot read it in the news, because it's not allowed to publish, i.e. censored. I think it's time to make laws against such "politically correct" censorship, people have right to know who cause the problems.

I am also missing an information whether the hospital is going to sue the aggressors, since the doctor has the right to be compensated for these work-related injuries.
16:14 November 19, 2010 by eppie

True, but it is of course without a doubt that these people were muslims. I think we should not be afraid to say that, but we should also not like the first couple of commenters generalize; Stigmatize a whole group of people for the deeds of a few. There are many muslims in Sweden bu you don't hear something like this very often.

It is important that a state like sweden (but also others) shows that we don't have problems with muslims but we have problems with these kinds of actions. And we have to show that people who choose to do these kinds of things should be punished hard and should not be able to hide behind the fact that for them this is normal.....so no lower punishment because of their religion.
16:23 November 19, 2010 by stateohio905
Really people, what is the purpose of this article and similar ones ????...May be we have to ignore TL, at least I'll do that.
16:24 November 19, 2010 by voidplay
News is often misrepresented to sound hurtful to certain sections and TheLocal in particular often takes the news out of context just to increase its readership and comments.

@CarlBlack by allowing specific news things could become worse, and hate wars would spew up easily.
16:24 November 19, 2010 by foxpur
I think that they did NOT publish the ethnic of the attackers is a VERY wise choice, thet fact that you would have a interest to point out that ethnic indicates safety is a good news choice..

For example I have several Muslim neighbours, I would hate to be the American they took out their frustrations on just because some else who was American attacked Muslims. I should also point out that so far as I have seen I am treated with respect by all the followers of Islam I have met and I will continue to do the same.

As for Rom.. I didn't know they had a male taboo with females for medical. Never heard of that one.
16:31 November 19, 2010 by pantheratigris
Attacking the doctor from behind... roflmao
16:54 November 19, 2010 by Rolle
But i would expect The Local and/or Expressen to publish the attacker's name, face portrait and adress. Isn't that what you do this days???
17:12 November 19, 2010 by engagebrain
There is a major part of this story missing - why did the patients relatives violently object to the presence of a male doctor ?.

The absence relevant material is pretty typical of the Locals journalism.
17:39 November 19, 2010 by Tennin
Poor doctor, he was just trying to do his job to help the poor bleeding woman. It shouldn't matter what sex/race/religion/etc, he was. I'm sure if he didn't try to help her he'd be in the news for discriminating against these people.
17:55 November 19, 2010 by CarlBlack
@voidplay: I don't agree with this idea of not revealing specific parts of information. It's in fact kind of patronizing people - deciding what to tell or not. People anyway guess the missing piece of information as you see here, so this really does not work. And it's also kind of censorship, because in fact specifically all information going against the official idea of multiculturalism is removed.
18:01 November 19, 2010 by Mzungu
Mmm....Doctor should have entered wearing a Burka,that would have screwed them somewhat...

*just a thought*
18:28 November 19, 2010 by Syftfel
Perhaps the doctor would have been wise to appear in full drag! Ruby red lipstick, false eye lashes, heavy foundation, fishnet pantyhose(WITH seems), indigo blue eye shadow, pink satin gloves up to the elbows, 7-inch spike heels, an outrageous sequin spagetti-strap dress, bee hive hairdo, door-knocker earrings, no underwear, and pitch black mascara. At least then it would have been "woman".
18:44 November 19, 2010 by pcgomes
I don't believe that color / religion / ethnic group should be cited on the news AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE FACTS.

It was not the case here, since the attack clearly had religious motivations. In this case why not be honest and reveal which religion claims a wounded woman should bleed to death in stead of be seeing by a male doctor?
18:50 November 19, 2010 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
A slight aside from this story, but I'm interested in the answer, are women allowed to request a female doctor here like they are in some other countries?
19:25 November 19, 2010 by ppaf

The problem with your statement is that you are the one connecting religion and/or ethnicity (I am not sure I understand which one you find relevant) to the facts.

The fact is two macho idiots assaulted a doctor and they should be punished accordingly.

To choose to connect this to religion or ethnicity is then at the source of discriminatory speech and nonconstructive debate.

I actually found it both unusual and admirable that the authors did not cite neither race or ethnicity.
20:12 November 19, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
This is very sad...They should be punished and this should be added to criminal records like the attack motives..

and work togther steadily to eliminate fanatism.

Soon this will ends.

God bless this Doctor I called the hospital in Örebro to tell him he is a Hero!!!

and Sometimes we treat a wild cat because of ignorace it bites..

and I do hope fanatism is deleted by wisdom.

And people change.
20:20 November 19, 2010 by BERTRAM
@ppaf stop playin the svensk,,,Religion kills varje dag in the world and i am so sorry to say that the number one of this ranking is perverted Islam.

The non-respect ot the Woman integrity is not in our blood.

We prefer to make love than to make war but if we need to fight for freedom, we are ready.
20:33 November 19, 2010 by Swedesmith
@ Styftfel The outfit sounds sexy...have any pictures you'd like to share?
20:40 November 19, 2010 by unseen

its obvious in which every time i go out for a walk and the Thai women even more than Swedes!!!!
20:40 November 19, 2010 by wxman
There is absolutely nothing in the article to indicate the ethnicity or religion of this family, and yet we ALL know who and what they are. Couldn't be more obvious, because NO other society behaves in this lunatic manner.
20:59 November 19, 2010 by boby
U banch of fools, all you do is write comments in the internet.

You know very well that a few more attacks like this and our coward politicians will issue new rules that doctors have to be the same sex as the patiants.

What are you going to do about it?
21:18 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@bertram: islam has respect for womens integrity?? don't make me laugh, in islamic countries women are only chattel.

That's why they re used as donkeys to bare children, work like dogs & fetch & carry to the mans whim. Islam is the epitome of hypocrisy.

These animals (apologies to animals, wrong word) these ignorants should be bowing & showing their gratefullness to the doctor, then they should be deported
21:44 November 19, 2010 by AbbaLeo
Behave like civilized nation, freedom for all, respect for all culture and religion.
22:01 November 19, 2010 by BERTRAM
@Alf are yu already drunk,,, Islamic pollution is growing in our lands because people like yu, i will always prefer min hund to any kind of human stupidity.

@unseen see you in Koh lanta
22:05 November 19, 2010 by amelie_l
Vi gillar olika!
22:11 November 19, 2010 by facetedjewel

Dame Edna - although spagetti straps would do nothing for her shoulders.
22:16 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@bertram: I don't drink!! But I think you maybe, read what I said. "Islamic pollution" as you put it, is because of the politcally correct morons in positions of power.

I prefer my dog too, although I need the company of a women now & then. I can think of much better places than Siam for a holiday.
22:30 November 19, 2010 by marianne667
Would a moslem doctor let a non moslem woman bleed to death?
22:38 November 19, 2010 by BERTRAM

Wild is the wind...

Women and dogs go together well,

Try Viet nam, no Islam
22:39 November 19, 2010 by Iraniboy
Another food for racist pigs! Thanks thelocal.se. They should be fed every week otherwise they show their hatred like the Malmo Laserman!

I have lived in Iran which is an Islamic country and we have male doctors even for delivering babies. Now those lunatic posters who are rambling about these stupid family and their cultural background and religion should know that! No sorry they shouldn't know this. It contradicts their 'Politically Simple' and narrow minded brain!
22:49 November 19, 2010 by BERTRAM

Farsi amigo, yu should be a little more humble about yr lovely Homeland,,,

where Women are shot down in the streets by yr islamic police...

tell me please i am nightmarin
03:59 November 20, 2010 by Swedesmith

If you lock your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour and then let him out, he will be wag his tail and lick you and be oh so glad to see you.

If you lock your woman in the trunk of your car....
07:43 November 20, 2010 by aab05001
I think much of the comments here are written by fatantic zionists who hate only one thing: Islam.

YOU nasty racist have already decided the religion of the attackers is Islam. You don't have any proof except your stinking hatred to Islam...

Let me disappoint you here, the attackers are not muslims. It has been known in Örebro that the background of the attackers are russians...
07:57 November 20, 2010 by jackx123
kick out the idiots if the don't like FREE medical care the swedish way
08:42 November 20, 2010 by helveeta
All I gotta say is get used to this everyone. Sweden is no longer made up of a mild mannered society. Get used to it.... :(
08:55 November 20, 2010 by jamtlandtom
If what aab05001 says in the last sentence is true, it would perhaps better if Newspaper articles were to include all the information and not just generalities so as to avoid Pavlovian responses such as we read here. It is better to respond to an article when all the information is presented. Strangely this does not happen with most articles, particularly those involving people. One post stated that divulging personal details in Newspaper articles is illegal in Sweden, is this so?
09:51 November 20, 2010 by calebian22

Which Swedish newspaper reported their nationality? I have found the story on DN/SvD/Svt/aftonbladet, but no references to their origin. Unless you can provide a link, you are blowing smoke. Or is your word on this sufficient?
11:17 November 20, 2010 by Jackdempsey187
Vi gillar olika
12:03 November 20, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
It is a shame that Sweden today consist of mentally retarded people,anyway,I

would dare say that they who attacked the good Doctor are definitely not native

Swedish,simple as that.So who to blame ?Whatever,it is - It should be a police

case unless the Hospital decides ,so there should be segregation for male and

female staffs at hospitals in Sweden,is it.?
12:20 November 20, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
Ah religion. It kills more, spreads ignorance and hatred and gives us wonderful stories such as this one. The evil side of me wishes the doctor would have just stood outside and let the woman bleed out. Then the two men should have been deported for murder. But alas, I, like the good doctor, know that that is not the Hippocratic Oath. As for the two men, they should be arrested for assault.

12:49 November 20, 2010 by Nemesis
That doctor was doing his job.

The two idiots who attacked the doctor, should be locked up permanetly.
13:23 November 20, 2010 by RobinHood
Poor kid, the first sounds he hears on this earth are his father and uncle kicking the crap out of the doctor saving his mother's life.

The man, wherever he may be from and whatever religion he may have, is obviously an unfit husband, father and citizen. His wife and child may need emergency medical care in future, if he has a propensity to assault the medical staff, their lives may be at risk.

Grounds for intervention by the ubber efficent Swedish social services perhaps. Sweden's newest citizen might grow up alot safer, happier and better balanced if he/she were raised by a better man than the father he/she currently relies on for parental guidance.
13:29 November 20, 2010 by Streja
There is no law that says that the media is not allowed to publish details on ethnicity.

The media has itself adopted rules that say that people are considered innocent until proven guilty. That's why they very rarely publish personal details on suspected criminals.

Now I wodner how many people will ignore my informative post.
13:47 November 20, 2010 by calebian22

You are correct about the law. However, it is interesting that the media is selective about who gets their picture in the paper or not. The Malmö shooter, boom, picture and name. This story, nothing.
15:10 November 20, 2010 by Jen06
So let me get this straight. The woman is in an emergency situation, doctor arrives to help woman, husband gets angry that the doctor is male, proceeds to assault doctor with help of brother. All the while woman is bleeding heavily awaiting medical treatment. Sounds like muslim logic to me.

So if the male doctor was not permitted to be in the room then why was the brother permitted to be there?

This is so infuriating. The doctor deserves a medal.

How many times must it be mentioned that islam is NOT a race? Maybe the husband and brother should be jailed for committing a hate crime.
15:32 November 20, 2010 by booka
What idiots, if they think there is a problem with a man helping a birth they should choose to pay for private health care instead. The offendents should be banned from all health care.
16:11 November 20, 2010 by Revenge
Excuse me people for not reading all the comments but i was amazed by the first comment, directly..... Islam is involved, I hope and wish that people in sweden will reach a time where they can differenciate between Islam and muslims! Religion is something and the act of some of its followers is something else, do not judge a religion before knowing it.

I sympathise with the doctor and hope the men who attacked him get long time in prison because not only they are hurting innocent people but also because they are destroying the image of my religion.
16:20 November 20, 2010 by DMEricson
Sweden -- why did you invite these foreign, hostile people to your country? You didn't have to do that. You used to have a very nice country. Swedes knew one another and got along well. And then your grandfathers did this crazy thing. And it's been nothing but trouble. It's killing you. You have to undo this foolish mistake. Stop letting foreigners invade and make a mess of your beautiful country. Pay the ones who already there to leave and go somewhere else. Please, come to your senses and stop this madness. They don't belong in Sweden. You have the power to restore your peace and prosperity and sanity. You can do it. You have to become men again, like the Vikings of old. You have it in you. Strong and firm, yet gentle and true. That's the Sweden of old. That's what you used to be before these foolish crazy modern liberals cast a spell on you. Shake it off. Come to your senses. Rise up, and put your country right!
16:36 November 20, 2010 by Seamus Guevara
@DMEricson What are you talking about, sonny jim only 10% of the population where vikings ( i mean proper like plundering and causing mayhem) the rest were more into agriculture and listening to abba and drinking jul-must. Get your historical facts right.
17:00 November 20, 2010 by fridayz
Those two lunatic retards must be punished in a good way...stupid morons... he didn't like it... he could talk ...ask like a human being not attacking the doctor who is doing his job ... empty head...f...up brain aaaah
17:01 November 20, 2010 by DMEricson
Mr. Seamus -- but it is always that special 10% who embody the best spirit of the people. The people will follow if that 10% will lead.
17:14 November 20, 2010 by Boyfriend
I am always reading here negative news and comments. God bless you guys.
18:06 November 20, 2010 by Tusker
Simple question.

How are you going to get female doctors, if you don't allow girls to go to school?
18:19 November 20, 2010 by Streja
Calebian, because he was outed on the internet and everyone already knew his name, but in my opinion they shouldn't have published his name and pic.
18:24 November 20, 2010 by Decedo
It's great that ethinicity wasn't brought into this article. Hopefully it won't be included in any criminal charges. It's black and white, ya can't attack people like this. These men should be charged to the fullest extent of the law (which in Sweden will probably be counselling).
19:48 November 20, 2010 by Bumblebeetuna
The article is written like fox news. To be emotionally inflaming. All Westerners assume it's a Muslim and all Muslims probably feel like they are being intentionally accused. Who knows? It could have been a prick of a doctor who was making comments last weekend at the bar. Orebro is small enough that that could have been the case.
21:03 November 20, 2010 by spo10
stupid relatives. this is why ignorance should be corrected...these people need proper education!
22:10 November 20, 2010 by Uglybetty66
I find it a little strange that a brother-in-law was allowed to accompany the woman.
04:11 November 21, 2010 by Andersonville
My sympathies go to the doctor and the woman. Clearly her family members have no good sense and even less concern for her health and well being. IF they are Muslims ( which is not clear from the article) and they objected to the doctor because of gender, then they should have realized that in a life and death situation the gender/religion of the doctor becomes a moot point. The problem is that these nuances of common sense situations are lost on people who have never been allowed to think independently. GENERALLY SPEAKING, uneducated/culturally illiterate immigrants and asylum seekers coming from nations plagued by dictators and tyrants are forced to view the world and, yes, the religion of Islam in terms of black and white. Sadly these rustics utterly panicked when confronted with a situation that they perceived as threatening towards the narrow interpretation they are used to. ISLAM is a beautiful religion when it's applied and studied it was intended, a mercy to mankind. It's sad that many in this thread are content to use the same simple-minded judgement these men used against the doctor against a whole religion and it's adherents rather than applying a little bit of reason and wisdom.
12:14 November 21, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
For me personally, I do hope that in the next Swedish Election,well-cultured,well

mannered,well educated Swedish vote for Jimme Akesson and his Sweden

Democrat.No-more excuses unless you are not Swedish.
19:47 November 21, 2010 by truthworthy
What a crap of commentators here. There is nothing in Islam that prohibits that a male doctor cannot deliver a baby. In fact I am Muslim and have no problem with a male doctor delivering my wife.

What you bigots always forgot is the difference between Islamic Culture and Cultural Islam. the later seems to be what you are most interested in. Astonishing arrogance.
00:10 November 22, 2010 by Bumblebeetuna
Andersonville and Truthworthy are spot on. It is clear that there is prejudice on this forum. Prejudice doesn't mean racist or bigot. I think the same respect should be given as is expected. I think most people, the world around, come to the same pre judgement if they had the same information. Yet, a little more thought before disrespection 1 billion people is a plus.
09:29 November 22, 2010 by chafelix
If treating an islamic or martian(but we all know the patient was not martian, don't we) patient means a doctr can get attacked, then will not the doctor thinktwice and possibly request police escort the next time he has to do that? And, if something like that happens in Sweden, where even islamic immigrants are tought they need to obey law, what do you think the experience of frontline countries, with a lot more contact with islam, and islamic hotheads educated in their countries of origin is? So think again before you critisize their actions or precautions.
11:14 November 22, 2010 by Garry Jones
This is a typical over reaction and I am surprised by the number of racist remarks in these comments. My mother - Church of England - in 1961 went into a female staffed maternity hospital in Clapham, London, UK, to have me, It was by choice and an option for women in the UK who felt more comfortable being treated by women.

I don't agree with the Dr being attacked and I hope these 2 men are locked up for at least 10 years in prison. The family should have been able to express that they only wanted female staff. And Sweden should supply this service to those who are willing to pay for it.
11:17 November 22, 2010 by grantike
if what is under there is so precious or what ever they should have decided to stay at home and give birth.fools already .the doctor should have fought back and then report the cowards after loosing the so callled lady because of a hole .wow its ridiculous
12:28 November 22, 2010 by Nora

Which other group, religion or ideology justifies such an act? You name it and then Islam would not be the only candidate for this ignorant incident.
12:52 November 22, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@trustworthy:#In fact I am Muslim and have no problem with a male doctor delivering my wife# How old are you? & your wife's not born yet!!
13:02 November 22, 2010 by msaliassweden
So much more hatred exists on these discussion boards even after the crime of the beating of a doctor for his "gender"... But until you get all the facts quit being such hate mongers, and after you get the facts don't continue to hate.

Everyone is talking about "the Swedish way", well wake up Sweden, you and every other country in the world has immigrants, like it or not.

Learn to love, live, laugh and learn. Peace to all!
13:45 November 22, 2010 by foxpur
I point out there are some Christian sect that believe that God washes away our sins is the flow of our blood and God will protect from death...

My point here is: there are MANY sects, fanatics, social, racial varieties that could cause the reaction the men had. The men should get it through their heads that although THEY think a certain way the Country of Sweden doesn't and they need to get that through to them.

Even though this is a extreem reaction, that problem can be summed at as a common problem known as "Culture Shock".
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