Baby girl died of massive overdose

The baby which died in an alleged mercy killing at Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital in Stockholm was given a massive overdose of pain killers, a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has concluded.

Suspicions against the paediatrician who is currently under investigation on suspicion of manslaughter have thus been strengthened.

According to medical journal Dagens Medicin, the welfare board has established that the baby, who had sustained serious brain damage in a prior hospital visit, was administered the anaesthetic Pentothal before she died on September 20th 2008.

The board’s scientific advisory committee are in agreement that the newborn baby girl was given a very high dose of Pentothal, which is a barbiturate general anaesthetic.

The committee at the same time rejects criticism directed at the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedecinalverket – RMV) and find it unlikely that any fault lies there.

The welfare board is expected to issue a final report on the incident in the middle of September.

The doctor was remanded into custody on March 6th after having been arrested at her place of work on suspicion of manslaughter.

The doctor was released from custody after a successful appeal from her lawyer, Björn Hurtig, and denies any wrongdoing.

The chief prosecutor Peter Claeson told the news agency TT recently that a decision on whether to press charges in the case will be made at the end of August at the earliest.

Manslaughter carries a penalty of between six and ten years in prison in Sweden.

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Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car

Two Swedish police officers assisted in a very special roadside delivery over the weekend when they helped a mum give birth to a baby girl in the middle of the night.

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car
This is not the baby in the story. Photo: Jurek Holzer/SvD/SCANPIX

Police officer Petter Kesselmark described the unusual incident which saw him and his colleague Stina Strömberg flagged down by a nervous soon-to-be dad at a roundabout in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, in the early hours of Sunday.

“There was a car parked on the roadside and a man was waving frantically at us. The back door was open and I said to my colleague: do you think there's a birth about to happen?” he told regional newspaper Corren.

But the pair quickly sprang into action when they realized that was in fact the case.

“There were only minutes left so my colleague took care of the woman and we came up with a blanket, while I talked to the emergency services and a midwife on the phone and could pass on that everything was cool and all we had to do was receive the child,” said Kesselmark.

The healthy baby girl was born inside the car at 12.07am. An ambulance which arrived at the scene minutes later took the mother and the newborn to hospital for a check-over.

A while later they got a visit from their unexpected helpers.

“They were so happy and we felt honoured to have been part of this and to have shared it with them. We walked around with big smiles on our faces later, said Kesselmark.