Children’s hospital faces probe over baby death

Parents of an 18-month-old girl who died after being admitted to the Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital with pneumonia say a shortfall in the quality of care led to their child's death.

Children's hospital faces probe over baby death

The baby was admitted after a visit to the emergency department of the hospital in Solna in December 2008 with symptoms including a high fever, writes newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

After being diagnosed with pneumonia, the parents noticed her condition began to deteriorate the following day and made a number of attempts to bring their concerns to the attention of medical staff.

They say the hospital only took action when her heart stopped beating.

“It still feels unreal that we could be so ill-treated and ignored,” they said. “She died in front of our eyes without anyone caring before it was too late.”

The baby was left brain dead and a decision was taken three days later to switch off a life-support machine.

The case has now been handed over to Sweden’s Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN) for investigation.

The hospital admits that the baby’s symptoms were not followed up according to correct procedure.

Senior doctor Svante Baehrendtz said there are obvious shortfalls in the quality of care she received.

“We have taken actions to ensure this never happens again,” he told SvD.

The hospital faces mounting pressure after a number of negligence cases have been reported.

Last year, a baby was mistakenly prescribed a dose of painkillers ten-times higher than the recommended level.

In 2008, a newborn died after a similar incident but both staff and the hospital was vindicated in both cases after investigation.

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Russia smears Pippi Longstocking author as Nazi in propaganda posters

Russia has launched a poster campaign in Moscow featuring ostensibly pro-Nazi quotes from the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the film-maker Ingmar Bergman, and the Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad. "We are against Nazism, but they are not," the poster reads.

Russia smears Pippi Longstocking author as Nazi in propaganda posters

Oscar Jonsson, a researcher at the Swedish Defence University, tweeted out a picture of photograph of a Moscow bus stop carrying the propaganda poster, which has the word ‘they’ written in the colours of the Swedish flag.

Another poster accuses King Gustaf V of being a Nazi. 

Jonsson told The Local he was certain that the posters were genuine, but suspected that they were intended for Swedish consumption, as at least one of them had been placed outside the Swedish Embassy in Moscow. 

“They’re more of a provocation to Sweden than something for the Russian people,” he said. 

Mikael Östlund, communication chief at Sweden’s Psychological Defence Agency, argued the opposite case, that the posters were primarily designed to justify the war in Ukraine to Russia’s own population. 

“Accusing western countries of Nazism is a part of the justification for their own war,” he said. “This is probably directed towards its own population. This has been one of the justifications for the war in Ukraine as well.” 

Others even suggested they might even be a preparation for military action .

“Are there any limits to these guys? Or are they preparing a ‘denazifying’ operation against Sweden as well?” tweeted Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt

The Swedish foreign ministry said it was aware of the posters, but refused to comment. 

“We have no intention of engaging in a public polemic with the Russian organisation ‘Our Victory’, which is reportedly behind these posters,” a spokesperson told TT.  “In Russia, smears about ‘Nazism’ have been used repeatedly against countries and individuals who are critical of Russia’s actions.” 

At a press conference in Germany, Sweden’s prime minister called the campaign “completely unacceptable”. 

“But it is important to say already right now that Sweden could become the target of an influence campaign by foreign powers,” she said. “It’s important that all Swedes, and not least those of you in journalism, recognise that there is a risk that foreign powers will try to influence the Swedish debate climate.”