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Swede finds 'dead' boyfriend breathing

Swede finds 'dead' boyfriend breathing

Published: 25 Jan 2013 13:35 GMT+01:00

The incident in May 2012 in Värmland County has left the 31-year-old man with memory glitches, balance problems and recurring nightmares, he said in a report of the incident to the National Health Board (Socialstyrelsen).

“Lucky for me that my girlfriend was there, without her I wouldn’t be here today,” he wrote.

His girlfriend, who also submitted her account of events in the medical malpractice report, said she was told by a nurse 30 minutes after taking her boyfriend to the emergency room that he had passed away.

Yet upon entering the room with the nurse and speaking with two doctors, she saw her boyfriend exhale. The medical staff explained that the body was simply getting rid of carbon dioxide.

But upon the girlfriend’s insistence, they restarted resuscitation attempts once they had sent her back to the waiting room.

About 20 minutes later, a doctor informed her they were trying to revive him despite initially thinking he was brain dead. She said the doctor warned there could be permanent damage.

The reason the 31-year-old was rushed to hospital is not detailed in the account, but his girlfriend asks why there was not more knowledge of the effects of Lyrica, an anti-convulsant and anti-anxiety drug.

“The staff should know more about Lyrica, e.g. that ingesting it causes dilated pupils,” the complaint read.

“If I had left, what would have happened to him?” she added.

Her boyfriend says he is now unable to work. He suffers memory lapses and concentration difficulties. Despite being offered work installing ventilation, his profession for a decade before last year’s incident, he turned it down.

“My job requires mental and physical strength. And I feel I’ve lost my mathematical thinking,” he wrote.

“I noticed it when I tried putting up two shelves on a wall and had to give up. I felt sad and frustrated when I realized this had to be because of brain damage.”

The young man said he now has to put up notes everywhere so he won’t forget things, but is plagued by frequent worrying.

He also said he felt violated by being declared dead without being further examined.

“I hope this never happens to anyone else!!!”

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14:49 January 25, 2013 by Chuck_Norris
Sweden has free health care system. But as I heard from Swedish friends, it is a gamble. You can be very sick and the doctor sends you home and says to take an aspirin and come back in a week if still sick.
15:29 January 25, 2013 by johan rebel
Had this guy signed a donor card, he would not only have suffered memory los, but also the loss of a cornea, a kidney, his liver and another couple of organs.
17:59 January 25, 2013 by cupidcub
only in Sweden.. nothing to be surprised.
19:10 January 25, 2013 by k2kats
Actually, it's not that unusual. It's just incredibly sad that that it took long enough to leave this poor fellow with a brain injury.

My heart goes out to him and those who love him.
22:44 January 25, 2013 by prince T
That is why i prefer immigrant doktors from middle east or africa to treat me. They dont only work by the book. They use discretion and instinct to trat pple.
02:52 January 27, 2013 by muscle
Oh MY GOD.... :S before any surgery now one must also prepare to digest the doctor saying..."there is a slight chance of this going wrong... that going wrong .......EVEN IF everything goes well.... there is still a chance that we may declare you as dead...so you have to prepare for that"
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