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Parents win battle for help with disabled baby

Despite initially being denied help, a 15-months-old baby has now been granted a personal care assistant as the cerebral haemmorhage he suffered shortly after birth means he requires constant care.

Albin and his twin Malte were born early, week 24, to parents Hanna and Markus Ekstrand Engdahl in Nyköping, in eastern Sweden. They spent their first months of life living in hospitals – four months at Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, and another six at Mälarsjukhuset in Eskilstuna.

The premature birth caused Albin to suffer a cerebral haemmorhage, and today he breathes through a needle, which needs to be changed and cleaned regularly, through a hole in his throat, meaning he needs constant care.

Despite this, Nyköping municipality declined the parents’ initial request for a personal care assistant, reported local newspaper Södermanlands Nyheter.

Nyköping’s explanation for rejecting the application was that no babies are capable of everyday routines, such as going to the bathroom, washing, dressing themselves or eating. Therefore these problems were not specific for Albin.

However, Albin’s needs differ greatly from an average fifteen month-old. He can’t swallow, needs to be fed through a probe, and requires training with a physiotherapist to learn to lift his head and sit up.

Parents Hanna and Markus Ekstrand Engdahl appealed to Linköping’s administrative court, and overturning Nyköping’s decision, the court has now granted the family a personal care assistant.

“We’re going to celebrate with a grill party,” said Hanna Ekstrand Engdahl to Södermanlands Nyheter.

“All of our friends and family who’ve helped us so incredibly much are invited.”

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Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car

Two Swedish police officers assisted in a very special roadside delivery over the weekend when they helped a mum give birth to a baby girl in the middle of the night.

Swedish police deliver baby in back seat of car
This is not the baby in the story. Photo: Jurek Holzer/SvD/SCANPIX

Police officer Petter Kesselmark described the unusual incident which saw him and his colleague Stina Strömberg flagged down by a nervous soon-to-be dad at a roundabout in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, in the early hours of Sunday.

“There was a car parked on the roadside and a man was waving frantically at us. The back door was open and I said to my colleague: do you think there's a birth about to happen?” he told regional newspaper Corren.

But the pair quickly sprang into action when they realized that was in fact the case.

“There were only minutes left so my colleague took care of the woman and we came up with a blanket, while I talked to the emergency services and a midwife on the phone and could pass on that everything was cool and all we had to do was receive the child,” said Kesselmark.

The healthy baby girl was born inside the car at 12.07am. An ambulance which arrived at the scene minutes later took the mother and the newborn to hospital for a check-over.

A while later they got a visit from their unexpected helpers.

“They were so happy and we felt honoured to have been part of this and to have shared it with them. We walked around with big smiles on our faces later, said Kesselmark.