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Flowers for King cause asthma attack

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Flowers for King cause asthma attack
14:14 CEST+02:00
At least one patient suffered an acute asthma attack at a Jönköping hospital after the facility made an exception to its rule banning flowers for a visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Ryhov County Hospital's entrance was decorated with lilies for several days for the king's visit to present an award to the children and youth medical clinic, Jnytt.se reported on Tuesday.

"It is clear that we should not aggravate our patients' allergies," care administrative director Margaretha Strömberg told Jnytt. "We have a strict policy that says we should not have flowers in the hospital. We made an exception when the king came because we thought it would be nice."

A florist in Jönköping was responsible for the floral arrangements and it was believed that the lilies would be removed immediately after the king's visit. According to Strömberg, there was miscommunication regarding who would remove them, Jnytt reported.

"Something went wrong," said Strömberg. "We borrowed the vases from them, so we thought that they would pick them up."

In addition to the health dangers from the allergy risk, there were also complaints that the king's car and security company Securitas had parked in a way that blocked disabled parking spaces, Jnytt reported.

"That is not true. The other part was available," said Strömberg. "It was only a small part of the disabled parking spaces that were reserved and it was related to security. There was no problem with parking in handicapped spaces and we had available parking in visitor parking. Some people are complaining because if you were against the visit, you would be annoyed by everything."

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