Skip to comments.Swedish child's appendix bursts after 20 hour ER wait
Posted on 11/19/2012 3:16:55 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
A nine-year-old boy with appendicitis was made to wait more than 20 hours for surgery at the emergency ward of a Stockholm-area children's hospital before his appendix finally burst.
"The only treatment he received was morphine and paracetamol tablets so he didn't die from the pain," Jesper, the father of nine-year-old William Strömgren, told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
William arrived at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital in Stockholm last Thursday after suffering stomach pains for days. He was immediately diagnosed with appendicitis, but then nothing happened.
After having his operation repeatedly pushed back by doctors, William's desperate parents were told by the chief surgeon that an operation would only be possible if it was carried out "the old-fashioned way", rather than using a procedure which resulted in less scarring.
"There was only one overnight operating room to handle all of Stockholm's children," William's father told DN.
"I'm convinced that if we hadn't demanded to speak with the chief surgeon we would have had to wait yet another night."
But by the time doctors operated on the nine-year-old, his appendix had already burst, resulting in an extended hospital stay, two weeks of missed school, and no ice hockey for young William until after Christmas.
"If they had operated sooner, I'd be home now," the nine-year-old told the paper.
Employees at the hospital acknowledged that patient safety is in jeopardy.
"Tough budget cuts, staff shortages, and recruitment difficulties have unfortunately put more pressure on surgeries and meant that children and parents have had to wait longer as a result," a hospital employee told DN.
I am sure he was in line behind all the Muslim immigrants on the dole
Coming to the USA soon, real soon.
Hand to God, welcome to your future, America, under Obamacare. Reap it.....you voted for the bastard.....twice.
This will be drowned out by the never ending chorus of how Sweden is a utopian socialist society that we need to emulate.
Most likely, you’re preaching to the choir here; except maybe for the few DU’ers who come over to mess with us and gloat.
Socialist pigs. I hate them all. May they all die painful, painful deaths, burning alive while their appendices explode and their hearts attack.
Remove the profit and pro-bono Christian ethics and replaced them with Fabian Socialism, and you get the f*cking DMV.
The Libtards scream about fairness, and because of the COST of GOVERNMENT, the SERVICE and QUALITY OF CARE goes down. Make someone spend an extra 10 years in school and let them make what a city councilman makes, and you will get the dregs.
It’s like hiring for the NFL out of fairness. Paul Krugman and Pat Morita would replace Tom Brady and Drew Breees.
It’s insanity, but the Left wants death, and so do the Muslims.
Prayers to the family.
You better believe it FRiend.
Read Post number 7.
The Congress didn’t exempt themselves for nothing.
Bald faced bastids don’t even try to hide the fact that they screwed us with Obamacare,but left themselves off it.
Coming VERY soon to a hospital near you.
Ain’t free “healhcare” wunnerful??
You’re right, of course.
Re: Your screen name.....great to hear the news today that you may yet survive!!! :)
This is because of Muslim immigrants —the most fatalistic, troublesome, illiberal insects in the world— pouring into Sweden, the most generous country with the hottest women.
The Swedes are amaging, but suicidally open-minded.
Poor boy, this one.
And waiting to be operated on by a third-world “trained” muslime doctor.
Coming to a Humana hospital near you soon.
That "hospital worker" rather gave up the game, there: They let that kid suffer and almost die in a gambit for more moolah. Revolting how socialism cheapens life.
Probably happens every weekend at some major US city when ERs are filled with the welfare class using them as their primary care—along with the shootings and stabbings which accompany every weekend.
I burst my appendix. I don’t recommend it. But they called the surgeon at home. Once he showed up, I was in the O.R. within 30 minutes. Saved my life. Thanks, Dr. Beninghoven. (sp?)
How will the MSM excuse obamacare when it starts killing people?
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