Scottish swine flu patient no longer critical

The condition of the 26-year-old pregnant Scottish woman being treated for swine flu in a special ward at Karolinska Hospital in Solna, north of the Swedish capital, has improved. Her condition is no longer considered life threatening, and has been downgraded to “serious”, according to the hospital press service.

However, the condition of the 22-year-old Swedish swine flu patient who is being treated in the same ward remains critical.

At the same time, several hospital departments in Stockholm with newborns have implemented visiting restrictions due to the swine flu, reported SVT. To avoid spreading the disease, no outsiders are allowed to visit the neonatal or delivery wards at Karolinska University Hospital and Danderyd Hospital.

The 26-year-old Scottish woman was transported to Sweden for medical care at the end of July due to a lack of specialist beds in Britain. She needed treatment that involves pumping the patient’s blood through a machine that artificially adds oxygen.

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