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?
Mother Gaia will be proud!
Ah yes, Mother Gaia. Those poor souls who died were meant to die. It’s all part of the natural cycle.
I waited a week in California. Kaiser sucks. My appendix abscessed.
I think I must have been “Twinkie” before Twinkies were named “Twinkie”. - Yeah. Twinkies will survive; they can’t “go good” (much like yogurt left in the refrigerator a long time). - Ugh. When Twinkie’s appendix bursts, it’s a mess! I guess I’ll be a Mexican Twinkie if the deal goes through.
My younger brother was taken to Kaiser complaining of a stomach ache. They prescribed a laxative.
As a Boy Scout I knew better. My brother had his appendix out at 2:30 am after he was taken to an emergency room.
Not for the 1%.
"This lovely Earth is too overpopulated."
guys, take probiotics regularly to reduce chances of appendicitis. the appendix is your gi tract’s reset button and replenisher of good bacteria, and by allowing probiotics to drip in there periodically along the normal route, you can ensure whatever good bacteria in there outnumber and control any bad bacteria in there.
Where was Michael Fat-B@$t@rd Moore’s jet? If he really cared, he could have airlifted the kid to Cuba.
Is that what's on the City Councilman's reported wages on the W-2, or what he really makes?
Socialized medical care . . to die for.
What you should hate are the looters (politicians) that use the moochers (welfare recipients /subsidized businesses, including farmers/ politicaly privileged) to stay in power by buying votes with YOUR money.
It’s already here. I waited for ten hours in an Idaho ER last October with appendicitis.
.....Swedes, like people in other democracies are trainable from birth to accept 9 years old kids un-necessarily dying in government run medical centers! And, Mom and Dad are probably as lefty as you can get, but the kid doesn’t deserve it.
Swedish and Euros in general are also trainable, and have been trained since birth, that guns are bad, so they have no guns! We have 300 million of them and, by and large, know damn well how to use them! And, most of these US gun owners are not too trainable and unlike Swedes, they hate government in all it’s forms, at least as it has demonstrated itself for the past fifty years.
There’s a trigger out there somewhere for CWII! Maybe it (the trigger) is 9 years old kid’s dying in Obama’s and Pelosi’s and Reid’s affirmative action staffed hospitals!! IF I were any one of the 3 of them, I would not retire in Texas. I can just hear the sound of 300 million guns being cocked at the same time.
Seems like appendicitis gets the “wait and see” treatment a lot. Back in early 80s my hubby’s appendix burst while he was “on the road” headed for a gig at Myrtle Beach. He knew it was his appendix and had the guys in the band to call for an ambulance on the CB. He was rushed to hospital and lay in the emergency room for 5 hours before a surgeon came in and threw a hissy fit. Hubby almost bought the big one that time. The doctor said it was a miracle. They had to wash down his whole abdominal cavity and didn’t expect him to live. Only the Lord.
For some reason that pic reminds me of the disturbing murals painted at DIA airport.
That's a misprint. What the employee really said is, "central planning in the medical field has meant that children and parents have had to wait longer as a result."