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Bengt, 80, left for a week with broken neck

Bengt, 80, left for a week with broken neck

Published: 28 Aug 2012 10:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Aug 2012 10:23 GMT+02:00

An 80-year-old man was left lying in bed for a week with a broken neck at a care home in western Sweden after his care assistants failed to notice that anything was amiss.

The man, Bengt Rosengren, fell while trying to use his wheeled walking frame at a care home in Lerum, roughly 20 kilometres east of Gothenburg in western Sweden.

It wasn’t until the man’s partner came to visit him to celebrate the Midsummer holiday that the severity of the man’s injuries was noticed.

“His face was as pale as a corpse, his eyes were crossed and he fainted when he tried to get up,” she told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

“I rang the ambulance immediately.”

The fall one week previously had fractured several bones in the man’s cervical vertebrae, which are located immediately below the base of the skull.

At the time, care staff had enlisted the help of a nearby window cleaner to get the man back into his bed, but no further examinations were taken.

He then didn’t move from his bed for a week, with his personal care assistants not realizing that he was seriously injured.

Rosengren confessed that he can’t remember anything from the week he spent confined in bed, wrote the paper.

The Lerum municipality is planning to report the matter to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

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Your comments about this article

11:06 August 28, 2012 by JulieLou40
God almighty, what a disgrace.
11:07 August 28, 2012 by Celc
20km west of Göteborg is in the middle of the sea, so I hope he wasn't there.
11:29 August 28, 2012 by The Local
@Celc: Thanks for catching that - fixed now!
11:43 August 28, 2012 by Great Scott
So, they are going to report it to the National Board of Health and Welfare who's responsibility it is to make sure things like this never happen!!!!!!!!!. And who is the minister at the head of this board, because this is the person to fire.
11:51 August 28, 2012 by voiceofreason
Bed sores is a terrible thing, the flesh goes to rot.

This happens if you don't move someone from a position for a few days.

I wonder if this man was even fed more or less washed of the whole week else they would have noticed this issue.

Too bad the family are not even around to check.
17:16 August 28, 2012 by ironman294
I always read about certain hospitals or emergency services being reported but never follow up or stories about what happens after reports are filed. Such as when the emergency operators always seem to never send an ambulance and several deaths result from this.

What s the point of people or services being reported if nothing happens.

If an ambulance is needed send it over, is the reason for this becaus ethey do not want to spend money for this? Is this government run healthcare run amuck? Or just cultural apathy?
17:36 August 28, 2012 by Swedishmyth
ironman294, government operations are funded by force (tax money) and as such are not accountable for their actions. They will get their funds and continue operating regardless. Who or what's to stop them?
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