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Swedish woman gives birth in crashed car

A woman in eastern Sweden gave birth inside her crashed car, which had flipped off the highway when her husband noticed their baby was making an early appearance on the way to the hospital.

The car was heading to the local hospital on Sunday in Gävle, eastern Sweden, when the baby made an unexpected entry into the world.

“The man looked at his wife and saw that the child was on the way. This made him drive into the median strip and the car flipped over and ended up in a ditch,” Pär Törnhult of the Gästrike emergency services told the Gefle Dagbladet newspaper.

The car had four passengers at the time of the accident, and five by the time a nearby motorist opened the door.

The motorist, by chance, was a fireman, but his assistance in the birth was unneeded as the baby had already been born.

“The mother sat gasping and when I looked in, I saw the infant lying on the floor. A doctor came in another car and took care of the child,” the fireman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the paper.

Emergency services in eastern Sweden were on hand quickly and the entire family was taken to hospital. While the woman’s condition was initially said to be severe, she is recovering quickly.

The newborn is in a stable condition.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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