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Posted on 12/02/2011 6:29:35 PM PST by grundle
A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained "uncertain if the impairment was permanent".
The man had his legs amputated after a long struggle with diabetes, but despite being unable get about, his application for a power wheelchair has been denied.
I was bitterly disappointed in the local authorities. I dont feel I got the support I deserve, Evert Stefansson told The Local.
Evert Stefansson had struggled with his health for a long time. As a long-suffering diabetic his kidneys have taken a beating, as has his eyesight.
About a year ago, his condition took a turn for the worse when his toe suddenly went black.
He was rushed to hospital where they had no other choice than to amputate his leg. Within a year, they had to take his other leg too.
Since then Evert has experienced some difficulty in getting about.
He might be able to walk short distances again with prosthetic legs, but that will take up to a year, according to his wife Siv.
Siv, also on early retirement due to a bad back, told The Local how she is forced to help her husband with everything and how he remains completely dependent on her.
In order to regain some of his independence, Stefansson applied for a so-called Permobile, a power wheelchair, that he could manoeuvre himself.
But I had my suspicions right from the start that it wouldnt be easy, when the woman from the county visited. She sort of hinted that he could have an ordinary electric wheelchair, Siv Stefansson said.
The electric wheelchair was less desirable as it would still need a carer operating it, and would therefore not allow Stefansson to get about by himself, without the constant help of his wife.
However, the motivation for the county councils decision was allegedly that it was uncertain if the impairment was permanent, reported local media.
After the couple found out that Everts application would be rejected, Siv decided to take the matter into her own hands.
I got angry. It just isnt right that he has worked all his life but now cant do anything that he loves anymore. Not even go fishing, she told The Local.
I decided to contact the papers and the broadcast media. And it was definitely what was needed.
Through medias reports, a woman in the nearby area caught wind of the couples plight and contacted her brother, who works with permobiles and has previously helped others in the same predicament.
She told him you better do something about this - and he did, Siv Stefansson said.
Thanks to the woman's initiative, Everts new permobile will arrive next week, on loan from the company that manufactures them.
I am overjoyed! It is by far the best Christmas present we could receive, Siv Stefansson told The Local.
Well, heck... everyone knows severed limbs eventually grow back.
If you’re a starfish, anyhow.
Well not everybody is a pessimist. LOL
bet they’d give him free euthanasia for his depression at not getting a wheel chair though.
The way it works here you must need a power chair to get around in your home for Medicare to cover it. You can use it to get around town but wanting to use it that way isn’t reason for Medicare to provide it..
It’s just a fleshwound.
They made the guy depressed and now he’s entitled to free euthanasia
And Americans are supposed to be stupid ....
huh.. sounds much like the letter my wife got from SSD.. Shes type one, has many complications from it, neropathy and fybro. None of them have a cure, and all slowly get worse.
She can’t get out of bed at all some days, others it’s not easy.
But they say her hands still work, so she can work.
watch for more crap like this as obama care comes in to play. They’ll probably send my wife to the death panel, not that I’ll quietly let them off my wife.
I know someone who had their wheelchair stolen a few days ago.
Amazingly example of govt stupidity. However, I wonder if he could buy one of those fancy chairs with his own money.
But,but I thought Sweden was one of the oh-so-perfect countries-—at least that’s what the DUmmies say.
The problem in Sweden is three-fold: (1) Officiousness on the part of official government employees, (2) Use of low level bureaucrats to nit pick applications concerning high level problems, and (3) He may be resident in the wrong county ~ see the next article down on the original site.
He could try to appeal the decision, but he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.......
It barely fit, but when she got downtown she could make it across the street before the light turned red.
One day I encountered her in WalMart and she was in a more prosaic electric wheelchair. She said she'd given up her fancy wheels when she retired and now she needed something more appropriate to home use.
From her experience and this gentleman's request I suppose wheelchair bound people KNOW what they can handle even if others can't ~ and it's not just the racing stripes that attracts them to the bigger models.
I guess they think he’s the gecko from GEICO.
I bought my own. I needed something that would fit in the car trunk but still be sturdy enough to take some serious use. Mine breaks down to 4 pieces without tools, works great in town and will handle grassy fields O.K.
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