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Dead woman kept frozen in Sweden for four years

The Local/og · 22 Feb 2012, 16:32

Published: 22 Feb 2012 16:32 GMT+01:00

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“This is tragic for everyone involved. She's fighting for something she belives in. At the same time her mother deserves being buried and finding peace,” said Tor Frylmark, Sundsvall’s Parish Dean, to local newspaper Dagbladet.

The frozen woman was ninety years old when she died in hospital, in Sundsvall, eastern Sweden.

Her daughter claims that no one tried to resuscitate her mother before her death, and that she was given the wrong kind of medicine during her last days alive.

However, doctors have refused to autopsy the woman as they claim it is clear that she died of a cardiac arrest and that there is nothing more that can be done.

The woman has remained frozen at a crematorium in Sköns parish in Sundsvall, pending further investigation.

Despite the woman reporting the story to several agencies, she has received no sympathy. The police have even shut down the case, stating that no criminal activity is suspected.

While Frylmark has contacted the daughter, insisting the parish has an “obligation” to bury the dead woman, her daughter continues to disagree.

"It didn't go so well. It was a short conversation. She didn't even want to discuss burial," said Frylmark to the paper.

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Local authorities decided to organize the burial of the dead 90-year-old, but the daughter appealed the decision to the county council, where the matter is currently resting.

According to Dagbladet, the woman has also taken the case to the European Court of Human Rights. She claims she will arrange a funeral after hearing the Court's verdict, reports the paper.

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17:37 February 22, 2012 by StockholmSam
Disgusting. Bury the woman with what little dignity remains. What does the daughter want, anyway? A reason to sue the hospital and make some money?
17:52 February 22, 2012 by bobbysingh
No. I think she is right. The real truth should be taken into consideration, so that those guilty can be punished and such a crime does not repeat again. What was the harm in anyways to follow up on this case, why did the police shut down the case!!!!
17:58 February 22, 2012 by ?????
Aren't there any private forensic services in Sweden so that her daughter can go to and have the case closed? If she thinks that something wrong went on let her have an examination and let the poor old woman be buried. this situation is just insane and sick.
18:10 February 22, 2012 by Paddy
Stories like this give me the shivers!
18:55 February 22, 2012 by Vermaldeehide
Poor family, I can't believe, especially with all the ridiculous antics of the Swedish hospitals in the past 10 years, that someone didn't autopsy her by default. After a certain point of seeing these amazing screw ups come to light that whoever regulates the medicine in Sweden doesn't make it mandatory. Yes it's expensive but at least fault and blame can be placed appropriately to rid yourselves of the less than professional workers that pepper the medical industry workforce.

Personally it's probably a stubborn doctor holding up the process, maybe the guilty one - if he's guilty.

Seems strange they wouldn't just go ahead and do it at the request of the relative. Must be the type of system.
19:11 February 22, 2012 by muscle
its her mother, we are no one to comment on what she wants to happen. Obviously she would love her mother more than any of us.
20:14 February 22, 2012 by philster61
I think the cause of death was death...... she was 90 years old. What do they think she died of? Mid life crisis?
20:30 February 22, 2012 by francismarkos
Poor family, I can't believe this kind of things happen!!
22:00 February 22, 2012 by DAVID T
Death or glory
23:13 February 22, 2012 by zooeden
then do the autopsy god damn it!
01:24 February 23, 2012 by Frobobbles
The refusal, for four years, to do an autopsy proves beyond reasonable doubt that something fishy is going on.
01:36 February 23, 2012 by heroine
I am really up for autopsy. Things like this is always taken for granted and most docs think once you are 80+ years old you become useless.

where is the dignity, respect or at least some sympathy?

She has her point to keep the corpse and even take the case further to EU court if necessary and who gives a damn about the money here?

We're talking about a human being here for shouting it loud ...
07:53 February 23, 2012 by karex
This is awful, I feel so bad for the poor lady. The fact that they have refused the autopsy for so long does suggest that there is something fishy here. Even worse would be if it were found out that this type of incident may not have been an accident. It does seem that people here tend to consider the elderly as useless. How awful and morbid would it be if it were to come out that euthanizing the elderly may be a common practice?!
10:32 February 23, 2012 by Åskar

So right. When my mother died last year the doctor had said they would not do anything in case of a cardiac arrest, but just let her die in peace.
12:01 February 23, 2012 by johan rebel
Typical intransigent Swedish bureaucracy.

If they had simply done the autopsy as requested, the deceased would have been buried years ago, and the daughter reassured that her mother had suffered a natural death.
12:14 February 23, 2012 by soultraveler3
Is it not possible to have a private autopsy done in Sweden?

I feel for this woman if she thinks something wrong was done to her mother and nobody will listen, but allowing your mother to remain frozen for 4 years is a little weird too.

If she's having problems dealing with and acknowledging her mother's death and that's the real reason for this, someone should've recognized that a long time ago and gotten her some help.
15:28 February 23, 2012 by lokalkille

The woman was 90 years old for God's sake. How much longer could she have lived? She was not cut short prematurely, so I think she should give it a rest.
16:48 February 23, 2012 by tgolan
total incompetens
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