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Swedish girl crushed to death in hospital bed

TT/The Local/vt · 8 Feb 2011, 11:10

Published: 08 Feb 2011 11:10 GMT+01:00

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Police have launched an investigation into the incident in Sälen on suspicions of manslaughter.

The girl was seriously injured and taken to Mora Hospital 90 kilometres east, where she died of her wounds on Monday afternoon.

According to a statement from the Dalarna county council, the accident occurred when the girl was crushed while playing on a so-called hydraulic treatment bed and died from the injuries she suffered.

She was not a patient, but was at the health care clinic with a close relative, according to the county council.

"This is a horrible incident and my thoughts obviously go to the girl's relatives in the first place. Now we are doing everything we can to support families and staff at the health centre," Karin Stikå-Mjöberg of the county council said in a statement.

"Police have launched a preliminary investigation and will also conduct a technical investigation of the hydraulic treatment bed. We will also conduct our own internal investigation," she added.

The girl was at the health centre with her older sister, according to Dalarna police. For "unknown reasons," she was crushed on a bed that is regulated by an electric motor, Dalarna police wrote in a statement.

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When the girl was found, she was unconscious, but showed signs of life and was taken by ambulance to the Mora hospital. She later died of the injuries she sustained.

A technical investigation will be conducted on Tuesday.

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

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Your comments about this article

23:09 February 8, 2011 by mikewhite
Risk assessment of unattended equipment ?
23:43 February 8, 2011 by GLO
An accident...terrible for everyone....
10:56 February 9, 2011 by Puffin
Terrible accident

Also tragic that Dalarna has no ambulance helicopter - I know from experience of stopping to help a man who had suffered a stroke in Sälen that ambulances take hours to get to Mora
17:04 February 9, 2011 by soultraveler3
Puffin is right, it's scary that there isn't a helicopter available to transport seriously injured people in Dalarna. That should be a requirement for all areas in Sweden.

This was a horrible accident, but why was the child left unattended or allowed to play on a motorized bed?
11:21 February 11, 2011 by Puffin

according to what I have read the child was not a patient and was not accompanied by an adult
09:14 April 8, 2011 by Da Goat
I guess that will cure her curiosity about fiddling with stuff she should not be playing with.
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