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Woman 'scalped' at Swedish swimming pool

TT/The Local/vt · 17 Jan 2011, 12:11

Published: 17 Jan 2011 12:11 GMT+01:00

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The accident took place when the staff at the newly built Sannabadet in Kristinehamn suddenly lowered the floor of the children's pool on Saturday.

"It hurts and I cannot bend over. It hurts down to my neck," Anna Brattström told Expressen on Monday after having surgery at the hospital.

Brattström and her partner went to the pool on Saturday at around lunchtime with their two daughters. At the time of the incident, Brattström's two-year-old daughter was sitting in her lap.

As the floor was lowered, Brattström's hair and a large piece of her skin was torn off. Her waist-length hair got caught in a grate at the edge of the pool.

"First, I thought that someone had attacked me. Later, I thought that something had exploded. When I came to my senses, I stood up in the pool and then I could feel my head. It was not just hair but a large portion of skin that had been ripped off," told the newspaper.

The injury was so serious, Brattström was taken to Örebro University Hospital after initially going to Karlskoga Hospital. In Örebro, skin from her groin was transplanted to her scalp.

The pool will inform the police about the incident and review its procedures.

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Pool manager Joanna Carlsson regrets the incident and said she wants to meet with Brattström to determine what happened and clear up matters regarding compensation, according to Expressen.

Attempts by The Local to reach Carlsson and Brattström on Monday were unsuccessful.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:57 January 17, 2011 by Swedesmith
Oh, va hemsk!
13:03 January 17, 2011 by unseen
the poor woman,

i wish her a speedy recovery.
13:18 January 17, 2011 by JulieLou40
Yuk, that sounds vile. She must be in great pain. Sue their asses off, lady!!
13:34 January 17, 2011 by Uncle
I am sorry. Skin from HER GROIN was transplanted to the head? Is it to compensate for the loss of hair, or to make something so painful that she would forget her head?
15:21 January 17, 2011 by NJGirl
It is called "wear a swim cap", so other people don't have to swallow your waist length hair when they swim.
17:50 January 17, 2011 by dammen

is this a reflection of the incompetence of modern day Sweden!
08:23 January 18, 2011 by StockholmSam
I agree with NJGirl. Waist-length hair does not belong in a swimming pool uncapped. The woman was negligent.
18:54 January 18, 2011 by DJECKY
Sure, she also cook in her kitchen without protecting her hair from poisoning the food and food related appliances.With her waist long hair.(( BASIC HYGIEN)).
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