Family challenges millions left to nurse

An inheritance worth millions of kronor left to a nurse by a patient who died three years ago is now being contested in a Malmö court.

Two years before the 84-year-old woman died, she changed her testament making her nurse, who had helped her battle Parkinson’s disease, the sole inheritor of 2.9 million kronor.

The woman, who had no blood relatives, had previously named her sister-in-law as the sole beneficiary. But, after a change was made in 2001, the nurse became the recipient of the money.

The money is now being fought for by the sister-in-law, who has said the Malmö woman’s “foolishness and weak will” was being exploited.

The sister-in-law’s lawyer pointed out that the old woman was dependent on the nurse who had responsibility for her health.

The nurse’s lawyer countered saying the nurse went and visited the woman after she was released from the hospital.

The National Board of Health and Welfare said it generally prohibits healthcare workers to be beneficiaries of patients’ testaments, but said circumstances are different because the nurse had a private relationship with the lady after the care period.