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Swedish surgeon warned after removing wrong organ

TT/The Local · 26 Aug 2009, 08:16

Published: 26 Aug 2009 08:16 GMT+02:00

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The doctor, who is employed at Blekinge hospital in southern Sweden, has now been warned for the serious mistake by Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN), local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning reports.

The doctor describes how she was "completely perplexed" when the mistake came to light a couple of days later.

The patient has meanwhile described how she felt "violated".

"It feels really hard to bear, especially if it has affected my chances of becoming pregnant again," she told the newspaper.

It remains unclear what, if anything, was the cause of the woman's stomach pains.

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09:51 August 26, 2009 by thegraou
OMG! How can you compare these two tragic events...? Shame on you!
10:01 August 26, 2009 by scandinavian leather
dbrand53 did not see any report in Aftonbladet?

Apparently, dbrand53 is blind as well as antagonistic.

Or just didn't bother to look:

10:45 August 26, 2009 by rafafloripa
"Warned"? What does it mean? Someone came to him and said: "Don't ever do it again, ok?"

Shouldn't him be banned from exercising medicine and serve some jail time?
12:04 August 26, 2009 by peropaco
Doubt very much the Nacktmull (naked mole rats) Swedes over at aftonbladet will pick up and make a conspiracy theory about this calculated medical mishap. Most probably the victim is a foreigner or a Swede married to a foreigner. You'all know how much the Swedes hates their girls dating guys from over yander. Eugenics comes to mind.
12:50 August 26, 2009 by Beynch
This story begs for an answer to the question "what hospital did the offending doctor graduate from"?
15:54 August 26, 2009 by browneyes10
I will not defend the doctor because his mistake is really a serious mistake.

But to all those who are mixing this story with Israeli/jewish soldiers, steeling human organs, SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.

Dont cry like bloody wolfs, you are not perfect people. You are in real thefts that first you capture and invade muslims lands in most parts of the world and now steeling their body organs. Billions of shame on you. You are the worst form of humanity.
16:00 August 26, 2009 by this_aint_sparta
That happened to me as well, three years back I went for a minor surgey, the nurse accidentaly kept my heart, since then I have to consult her atleast twice every alternate week when her kids are with their father.
16:20 August 26, 2009 by Omidn
@ this_aint_sparta:

You really have a sense of humour :) but all joking aside this is an alarming case with Swedish Drs. Keep misdiagnosing patience and it is very scary to see this again and again. Is there any Medical association to regulate and review such cases in Sweden!!!!!??????
17:26 August 26, 2009 by mehrdad1111
OMG, swedish medics stole the organs of this poor woman to sell them into the back market in norway. and we know, that all swedish men make vocations in thailand to play with young boys&girls since its a popular sport in sweden....well, wait a minute:

you swedish are upset about that? now you feel a little bit what the jews feel since 2000 years about such "criticism".
17:52 August 26, 2009 by Harding00
I really wish that The Local would publish the doctors name, so if I get surgery here in Sweden I could avoid him. Maybe if I need surgery I will go back to the states because if the doctor screws up over there at least I can sue them for lots of money, unlike here where all you get is a pat on the back and an apology...if you're lucky. But then again, since I live in Sweden I have no health insurance to get surgery over in the US. Big dilemma, do I get free surgery in Sweden (but risk having someone screw up and not be compensated for it) or do I spend tens of thousands of dollars for surgery in the US?
18:22 August 26, 2009 by Leprehcaun
@ mehrdad

No we're not offended. That's what you don't get, we're not as sensitive as you.

This article.. first of all a Swedish journalist wouldn't write something like this unless he or she honestly thought something very wrong was going on, claims about racism or antisemitism are ridiculous and those are however offending. I'll write this before someone brings it up. At WW2 we had been neutral for 140 years. No one in the country had ever seen a war or been in real action. The country was poor, the army quite small and very poorly equipped, there weren't decent rifles for all soldiers and transportation? HA!

We didn't know what was going on in Germany until much later in the war, unlike some people claims.. Yes it was wrong to stay out of it but our troops couldn't cross the Baltic, much less take out a tank without doing it Finnish style. There was no way we could have helped militarily against the Germans, we would have done worse than the Russians AND be defeated without saving anyone. On principle it was wrong but doing it simply isn't.. logical. There were volunteers from Sweden yes (my grandfather included), but almost all of them went to Finland to help them since the government didn't (officially anyway, they sent rifles and such.. maybe that's why our army didn't have enough.. which means that they must have been sure they wouldn't get attacked which in itself is very disturbing.. can't believe I didn't think about that before). By staying neutral tens of thousands of Jews could and did flee to Sweden. There are lots of valid criticism about our inaction but being neo-nazis is just not.. ehm.. sane.. no.. eh f-ck it; right.

Secondly the article wasn't.. well I would just repeat what I wrote two paragraphs above this.

To get realistic though, this has been handled badly. I realize that there are some disturbing logic to assume that "that" had happened but, as someone else pointed out somewhere, if this isn't true then this article has damaged Israel's reputation wrongly and that isn't right, that's really wrong. The suspicious things they wrote about should be checked up, yes, but this is just wrong.
19:45 August 26, 2009 by this_aint_sparta
The two cases are different, here she survived but if ..... well never mind.

Yo guys, there are still 4 open forums @ TL to talk about what you guyz are talking about.

But next time in sweden i will ask for an open heart surgery if i want to have my appendix removed.
22:12 August 26, 2009 by Tutul
I know an incident where a lady lost her eyes due to wrong treatment in Sweden. Doctor use the wrong antibiotics for long time though the patient feel very discomrt with the treatment. Even she claimed to doctor to change the antibiotics. Finally one day her eyes should be removed..Nothing happened to the doctor. They give few facilites for the family but is there anyting equvalent price to the eyes???
02:03 August 27, 2009 by jose_s
1995 there was a case where a man went in for surgery on a ingrown nail and came out with a penis enlargement....... the case has yet to be settled..
08:15 August 27, 2009 by Luckystrike
" Now listen Mrs Doctor! The next time you do such a mistake, you will, oh yes you WILL loose your fika privileges! You understand? "
12:54 August 28, 2009 by dafdaf
I have lived in Israel for 20 years. It is really unknown to most citizens of Sweden judging by their remarks. When I recently had cancer and was receiving chemotherapy, I was surrounded by Arabs and citizens of other countries who came to Israel for surgery and treatment. A Swedish woman blessed me and said it is no wonder God gave Israel to the world because they have the finest brains in medicine. I can assure you that in nearly every military division of Israel's army there are very orthodox Jews. My God, the very thought would not even enter their minds. I think Swedish citizens need to know very much more about Israel which is one of the safest countries in the world.
14:53 August 28, 2009 by Kooritze

Israel is one of the safest countries in the world!! Quite a statement....and not too convincing. How many died in the last bombardment by Israeli forces? How many died from palestinian rocket attacks? I think a massive difference in the 2 answers........1434 Palestinians killed....over 5000 injured....only 235 were combatants. Israeli Rocket deaths in 2008 = 8.

Safest country in the world? Civilised? Humane? Convince me more!

As for Sweden in WWII: Yes it was pro-Nazi and made a lot of money from Iron ore exports.........something that is still brushed under the carpet.
16:31 August 28, 2009 by Ray Partelow
Ref. Swedish Health Care

The present caliber of Swedish Health Care here in Sweden(Socialized Medicine), is one very strong reason for not initiating the same system into the United States; which is exactly what a lot of alert U.S. citizens are saying.
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