• Sweden's news in English

Elderly woman's maggot-infested leg amputated

The Local · 30 Dec 2012, 13:01

Published: 30 Dec 2012 13:01 GMT+01:00

The 95-year-old woman lived in the Rosengården nursing home in Midsommarkransen, a Stockholm suburb. She was taken by ambulance to the Karolinska University hospital last summer.

Hospital staff described her leg as a "terrible sight". Black liquid and maggots were coming out of her wound.

Staff also noticed that the woman's toes were "red and filled with maggots crawling around".

The leg was in such a bad state that surgeons had to amputate it.

Former Rosengården staff and relatives of residents told the Expressen newspaper about severe neglect and mismanagement at the nursing home.

"I have never seen such terrible things as I saw there," said Yvonne Karlsson, a nurse who worked at Rosengården for six months, including during the summer when the 95-year-old was rushed to hospital.

Karlsson said senile patients would regularly fall out of their beds because the nursing home was understaffed.

"One woman had to go into hospital constantly to be stitched up and she was bruised all over. But she did not have any relatives so was not seen as a priority," said Karlsson.

Another woman, whose mother lived at Rosengården at the time of her death last fall, was also very critical of the nursing home.

During one visit, she found her mother passed out in the canteen and none of the staff members had not noticed.

Another time she realized that staff had disconnected her mother's bed-side alarm bell because she she had rung it too often.

According to Attendo, the organization that runs Rosengården, it is not unusual for wounds to get filled with maggots during the summer months.

Story continues below…

"This does not necessarily mean that the wound was not cared for," said Charlotte Dimming, an Attendo spokeswoman.

She said the former nursing home head has already investigated the incident involving the 95-year-old.

Attendo provides publicly-funded care on behalf of municipalities in Sweden and the other Nordic countries.

The Local/nr Follow The Local on Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

15:48 December 30, 2012 by Brtahan
This what they want with privatization!!! low on staff and wages and high on profits to the rich. thank you ruling govt.
20:29 December 31, 2012 by bongopony
I'm not trying to be glib about such an awful story,but I have to wonder...

Maggots cannot ingest living tissue.In fact,it is for this reason that they can be used to perform amputations with,literally,surgical precision.Squeamishness aside,perhaps nature should've been allowed to run its course.akes me question the veracity of the story.
02:19 January 1, 2013 by Richard S
This isn't about privatization but neglect. The excuse that this person was

being cared for regardless of the maggots is a load of BS. Whenever you

have people employed that really do not care that much for the elderly,

the care fails.

If this had happened to my Mother and I found out about it, I am sure

that I would have been arrested for the violence I would commit.
Today's headlines
14,000 illegal immigrants disappear without trace
Swedish police officers patrolling Stockholm. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

14,000 illegal immigrants disappear without trace

4 hours ago

More than 14,000 foreign nationals told to leave Sweden have instead gone underground, with police saying there is little they can do to enforce deportation orders.

Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden
This picture of the boat has more than 14,700 likes on Facebook. Photo: Private

Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden

4 hours ago

A Swedish man found Facebook fame after pictures of a giant pirate ship he built for his children when he was on sick leave from work went viral on Friday.

'She's a forerunner and inspiration for startups'
Niklas Zennström, Jane Walerud and Jessica Stark. Photo: SUP46

'She's a forerunner and inspiration for startups'

6 hours ago

A US-born entrepreneur who has helped pave the way for women in tech has joined the ranks of some of Sweden's top innovators and businesspeople in a Swedish startup hall of fame.

Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay'
Bredbandsbolaget was not compelled to block the Swedish file-sharing site, Pirate Bay. Vilhelm Stokstad / TT

Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay'

8 hours ago

In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country's internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay.

Police: we can't protect Sweden from terrorists
Swedish police guarding the government building in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Police: we can't protect Sweden from terrorists

9 hours ago

After Sweden raised its terror threat alert to record high levels last week, more and more police officers on the beat warn that their weapons are not good enough to prevent a potential terror attack.

Swedish school: 'We have not banned Lucia'
Children celebrating Lucia in Stockholm. Photo: Jack Mikrut/TT

Swedish school: 'We have not banned Lucia'

10 hours ago

A Swedish nursery school has insisted it is not banning a beloved December tradition after a Facebook message posted by a furious parent went viral.

Winter in Sweden presented by Kungsberget
Stockholm's secret ski resort: Kungsberget
Catch air at the Kungsberget snowpark. File photo: Kungsberget

Stockholm's secret ski resort: Kungsberget

12 hours ago

Not everyone enjoys 8-hour car trips or expensive train tickets just to hit the slopes. That's why so many Stockholmers opt for Kungsberget – the majestic mountain just two hours away. The Local finds out more.

Winter in Sweden presented by Lofsdalen
Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness
File photo: Lofsdalen

Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness

13 hours ago

Sweden has more than a hundred ski resorts – but there’s only one where you can sip your very own cask of whisky on the top of a mountain peak. The Local finds out more about Lofsdalen – one of Sweden’s wildest resorts.

Will Swedish shoppers go nuts for Black Friday?
Shoppers at the Walmart chain in the US on Black Friday. Photo: Gunnar Rathbun/Invision for Walmart/AP Images

Will Swedish shoppers go nuts for Black Friday?

13 hours ago

Stores are pushing to convince Swedish shoppers to embrace US sales day 'Black Friday'. But will the phenomenon catch on?

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish mulled wine: glögg
Swedish mulled wine served the traditional way. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

How to make Swedish mulled wine: glögg

15 hours ago

One drink in particular keeps the Swedes warm in winter: glögg. The beverage has been a Christmas tradition in Sweden since the 1890s. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local.

Sponsored Article
11 reasons students pick Stockholm University
POLL: Swedes back new asylum rules
Sponsored Article
Top five UK weekend getaways from Sweden
Five weirdest Christmas attacks on Sweden's famous straw goat
Sponsored Article
After Paris: 'The war is not only against Isis'
Blog updates

25 November

So What Does An Ambassador Do? (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"I know that my mum is super proud that I’m an Ambassador. But if you asked..." READ »


20 November

Editor’s blog, November 20th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, It has been a long and busy week for The Local as we reported on..." READ »

Five myths about Sweden's refugees
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm solved a startup’s housing crisis
How did this missing Swedish cat turn up in southern France?
Sponsored Article
Swedish researchers find Ice Age 'missing link'
Sponsored Article
Lofsdalen: The real Swedish wilderness
Sponsored Article
Beaches, bikes, and buds: studying in Malmö
Would you eat this Swedish pizza?
People-watching: November 25th
What do Swedes want for Christmas?
GUIDE: How to help refugees if you live in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Sweden must combat extremist 'mirage'
Mystery ice circle in Swedish river
IN PICTURES: New royal winter snaps of Sweden's Princess Estelle
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
How to figure out healthcare abroad
Stockholm film festival's top movies
Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: the new epicentre of global leadership
Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se
Sponsored Article
‘Food choices in Sweden destroy forests in Asia’
People-watching: November 20th-22nd
Swedish King calls for bathtub ban
Analysis & Opinion
Why you should care about Sweden raising its terror threat level
Sponsored Article
The cheapest and fastest way to transfer money
Stockholm's best international bars
Is this the best warning sign ever?
Why are more Swedes getting fat?
Sweden's tribute to Paris victims
What is Sweden's sexiest name?
VIDEO: Madonna's emotional tribute to Paris victims at Stockholm gig
Nine of the merriest Swedish Christmas fairs
Sweden cashes in on new kronor banknotes
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at: