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Swedish woman swallows scalpels – dies

The Local · 10 May 2012, 08:48

Published: 10 May 2012 08:48 GMT+02:00

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“Of course this is a terrible tragedy. We have no idea what she was doing in Växjö,” said the head of the open psychiatric ward where the woman was normally treated to local paper Smålandsposten (SMP).

The woman, who has a history of swallowing sharp implements such as razorblades and knives, had been treated for several years at the open clinic in Helsingborg.

During what appears to be a mystery visit to Växjö, the woman visited Centrallasarettet where she reportedly got hold of the two surgical implements.

When staff at the hospital found out what she had done, she was rushed into surgery, but when the surgeon tried to remove the second scalpel from the woman’s throat, it damaged her oesophagus and blood vessels in her throat so badly that she died on the operating table.

The woman’s Helsingborg clinic has since requested an investigation by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) into the incident, in accordance with Lex Maria, the informal name for regulations governing the reporting of injuries or incidents in the Swedish health care system.

The incident is also under investigation at the Växjö hospital where the tragedy occurred.

“There may well be a lex Maria report from us too, once we finalize our investigation,” said Pär Lindgren of the hospital to news agency TT.

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TT/Rebecca Martin


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Your comments about this article

09:07 May 10, 2012 by byke
What was the point in that?
13:00 May 10, 2012 by Puffin
This article is really confused - it is like the writer does not really understand the text

- at the start it talks about her being "at a psychiatric ward" giving the impression she was admitted to psychiatric hospital

- whereas in the text it talks about "open" ward - which is an outpatient department which means she was not admitted to any hospital

So I actually have no idea what this article is about
13:12 May 10, 2012 by byke
Maybe it was a cut and paste article ....
13:16 May 10, 2012 by Puffin
.... using Google translate where öppenvård was translated as open ward LOL
00:18 May 11, 2012 by Da Goat
What a novel way to commit suicide!

was it a waste of time taking a third scapel to cut out the previous ones seems they were coming out on their own!
05:01 May 11, 2012 by Lunneia
Depressing society Sweden is....
08:25 May 11, 2012 by Puffin
@ Lunneia - why? you don't have people with mental health problems in your country??
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