Skip to comments.Disabled Swedish man discovered bound
Posted on 09/02/2010 4:58:14 PM PDT by markomalley
MALMO, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Swedish man who is blind and has Down syndrome and some autistic traits was bound by the arms for much of the last 25 years, officials said.
The man, who also is unable to speak and was considered to be at risk for self-destruction, resides in an assisted living facility in Malmo, Swedish news agency TT/The Local reported Thursday.
"I have never heard of anything like it. Our investigators and inspectors are very experienced, but all have been deeply shocked. This treatment is illegal," said Christer Neleryd of the National Board of Health and Welfare.
The man's supervising physician gave instructions to bind the man's hands behind his back by tying his jumper at the elbows with a sock, The Local reported.
"Coercive measures may be taken in an emergency and for short periods. This situation is not close to meeting the criteria," said Neleryd.
Although the man had on occasion become agitated, and hit and cut himself on the face, the board said he could not be considered to have presented a danger to his health and well-being.
The district of Hyllie was told to make sure the bindings stop and to submit a report by November, the news agency said.
"We will then have a look at what they have done, and see if we are satisfied. If we are not then (a court) could impose an injunction (and) a fine, if necessary," said Neleryd.
Pay back in hell....
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This is sickening. Complete failure of oversight and I contribute that to their medical system.
~Not enough money, and/or too few personnel on staff to care. Usually the 6 month wonders, welfare to work trainees with no people skills and few personality/character resources to fall back on when faced with difficult patient situations.
I’ve seen this happen in smaller homes, but right now, there is oversight enough in the bigger facilities.
~So frail and so helpless and so at the mercy of people who do not care.
Just wait until our “Healthcare” is socialized like Europe’s.
Maybe he was better off not having care, attention and therapy but getting tied up with a sock and stuffed in a closet, instead.
I thought this wasn’t possible in the Swedish Medutopia.
Bummercare would never use a sock for this. Only shoelaces. They’re cheaper.
This is the wonderful European-style healthcare we’ve heard so much about.
“illegal”........gosh, I hope they don’t get too worked up over this....not too emotional....I mean we wouldn’t want to use the words “unethical”, or “immoral” or God forbide, “sinful”....
I was kind of hoping that perhaps that choice of words signified a difficulty in translation from the Swedish?
“The district of Hyllie was told to make sure the bindings stop and to submit a report by November, the news agency said.”
So, what *are* they going to do with him?
Is this the great Sweden you were talking about?