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Legless man denied wheelchair [Swedish government "uncertain if the impairment was permanent"]
thelocal.se ^ | December 1, 2011

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 don’t 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 wouldn’t 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 council’s decision was allegedly that it was “uncertain if the impairment was permanent”, reported local media.

After the couple found out that Evert’s application would be rejected, Siv decided to take the matter into her own hands.

“I got angry. It just isn’t right that he has worked all his life but now can’t 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 media’s reports, a woman in the nearby area caught wind of the couple’s 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, Evert’s 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.


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1 posted on 12/02/2011 6:29:38 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Well, heck... everyone knows severed limbs eventually grow back.

If you’re a starfish, anyhow.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 6:31:42 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: grundle

Well not everybody is a pessimist. LOL


3 posted on 12/02/2011 6:32:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: grundle; writer33

bet they’d give him free euthanasia for his depression at not getting a wheel chair though.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 6:34:45 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: grundle

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..


5 posted on 12/02/2011 6:35:53 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: grundle

It’s just a fleshwound.


6 posted on 12/02/2011 6:36:29 PM PST by digger48
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To: Ronin
Aah, the wonders of Socialized Medicine!
Can't wait till it gets fully implemented here. /s
7 posted on 12/02/2011 6:37:01 PM PST by stormhill
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To: cripplecreek

lol

They made the guy depressed and now he’s entitled to free euthanasia


8 posted on 12/02/2011 6:38:05 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: grundle

And Americans are supposed to be stupid ....


9 posted on 12/02/2011 6:39:28 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Ronin

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.


10 posted on 12/02/2011 6:39:43 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: grundle

I know someone who had their wheelchair stolen a few days ago.


11 posted on 12/02/2011 6:40:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: grundle

Amazingly example of govt stupidity. However, I wonder if he could buy one of those fancy chairs with his own money.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 6:43:49 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: grundle

But,but I thought Sweden was one of the oh-so-perfect countries-—at least that’s what the DUmmies say.


13 posted on 12/02/2011 6:44:47 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: grundle
Siv, also on early retirement due to a bad back

Ofcourse.

14 posted on 12/02/2011 6:47:08 PM PST by riri
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To: GeronL
That's the Low Countries (Nederland, Belgique) ~ oh, yeah, and Switzerland. Since he's Swedish he'd be a foreigner in Switzerland so he could check into a check out parlor and that'd be that.

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.

15 posted on 12/02/2011 6:52:28 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: grundle

He could try to appeal the decision, but he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.......


16 posted on 12/02/2011 6:55:44 PM PST by circlecity
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Used to ride to work on Metro Rail ~ always this lady up front on the first car on the first train to DC in the morning ~ riding her fancy electrified wheelchair with racing slicks.

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.

17 posted on 12/02/2011 6:57:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: All

I guess they think he’s the gecko from GEICO.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 7:01:22 PM PST by Kolath
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To: muawiyah

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.


19 posted on 12/02/2011 7:13:05 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: grundle
"Tis but a fleshwound." (or so say the socialists/democrats)


20 posted on 12/02/2011 7:23:30 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Is it electric?

Do you have a link where I can get a look at that. Electric or manual, it sounds like something my husband could use.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 7:30:09 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: grundle

Is there some reason a power chair can’t be returned if it’s no longer required for whatever reason?


22 posted on 12/02/2011 7:31:59 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: BykrBayb

http://www.thescooterstoreonline.com/gogo-ultra-x-scooter—4-wheel.html


23 posted on 12/02/2011 7:39:21 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: grundle; Ronin

Of course the article is distorted to make it sound worse than it actually is. Why not? Make for a great story. They are getting a regular electric chair, but they want the more expensive super duper electric chair. Not so bad a story now. Huh?


24 posted on 12/02/2011 8:05:29 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: cableguymn

A friend of the family was self-employed, ran his own excavating business. Years later he was home-bound, barely able to breathe due to years of smoking. He tried to get some help and was told by the county that he could conduct his business over the phone. There was no way to convince the paper-pusher that one cannot run an excavator over the phone. So our friend lost everything, even had his oxygen machine reposessed!


25 posted on 12/02/2011 8:05:48 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
yup... want does not always equal need
26 posted on 12/02/2011 8:10:51 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: grundle
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27 posted on 12/02/2011 8:41:35 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Under Construction)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you. It’s on sale now too.

It has a low clearance. Does it tend to get high-centered getting on and off ramps, sidewalks, etc?

My husband lacks coordination since the stroke. Is it pretty stable if you turn too sharply while moving too fast, or does it tend to tip?


28 posted on 12/02/2011 8:42:20 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: grundle

Walk it off buddy, walk it off.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 8:49:17 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Chode

Some people feel entitled to go out in public, while some people clearly think they should stay locked in the attic.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 8:52:31 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: napscoordinator

They’re giving him a wheelchair that he can’t operate. That’s like giving frozen turkeys to homeless people. It might make self-centered morons feel good about themselves, but it doesn’t help the recipients.


31 posted on 12/02/2011 9:10:07 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb
The 4 wheel I have is stable, don't know about the 3 wheel. The lowest part is the differential but I've run through some fairly rough spots without hanging up. You can set the throttle to limit top speed if you're doing a lot of maneuvering in tight places.

The 3 wheel will turn in a shorter radius though.

It is important to charge the battery pack after you use it, lead acid batteries are damaged by sitting too long in a discharged state.

They are usually fast shippers, mine got here 3 or 4 days before I expected it. The scooter is good quality, I think he will enjoy it.

32 posted on 12/02/2011 9:11:38 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: FormerACLUmember

>> “Tis but a fleshwound.” (or so say the socialists/democrats)

Well put.

The sheer stupidity and incompetence of government jackwagons is astounding.


33 posted on 12/02/2011 9:13:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
You can set the throttle to limit top speed...

I like that. Speed is not his friend.

I need to give this more thought. It's a very good price, but that's still more than I like to spend on a whim.

Thanks for all your help. I've bookmarked the site.

34 posted on 12/02/2011 9:25:22 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb
true, but it's non sequitur to my statement... want does not always equal need when it comes to the government paying for things
35 posted on 12/02/2011 9:29:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Sure, he probably doesn’t actually need to go out in public. That’s a luxury reserved for people who can get there on their own, without anyone else’s help.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 9:41:53 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb
I reached the point where it was a necessity if I wanted to go anywhere at all. I can't walk very far at all.
37 posted on 12/02/2011 10:06:07 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Chode

You can’t have everything but you can choose what you want or need most and aim for it. I see a lot of people spending lots of money on some pretty useless stuff.


38 posted on 12/02/2011 10:12:13 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: grundle

If he was a muslim, the liberal Swedes would be jumping through their own a-holes to kiss his ass.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 10:17:35 PM PST by Levante
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

So far I’m still able most days to get my husband anywhere he needs to go with the manual wheelchair, but when I’m having a rough day, I can’t push the chair. On those days, we either stay home, or he waits in the car while I run the errands. We don’t go places where his chair won’t go, which eliminates everything on grass, gravel, soft dirt, bumpy surfaces, etc.


40 posted on 12/02/2011 10:20:10 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; SWAMPSNIPER
i guess my point is, the people on this thread are looking at buying their own electric chairs not asking the government to pay for them...

i am all for people that truly need them getting them even from the government, but i still say there are some that want them, yet don't necessarily need them

my uncle was in one for three years till he died at 92 but it wasn't motorized

even Jim Robinson needs one

41 posted on 12/03/2011 5:52:44 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cableguymn

They’ll probably send my wife to the death panel, not that I’ll quietly let them off my wife.


If the mood of the country goes the way I think it will then these people on the death panels as well as congress critters and Judges may need to have 24 hr bodyguards to protect them from the results of their actions.


42 posted on 12/03/2011 5:59:42 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: grundle

The unstated problem that leads to these decisions in Europe is similar to the unstated problem that leads to similar decisions in the US.

In Europe, all the available public medical funds are going to pay for prenatal and birthing services for the invasion army of Muslims.

In America, all the available public medical funds are going to pay for prenatal and birthing services for the invasion army of Mexicans.

In both cases, people who have worked all their lives to build the system and maintain the system are being locked out of the system to make room for invading armies of pregnant immigrants.

If you think I’m exaggerating, go to any medical care facility in any large or medium sized city in Europe or America and tell me what you see.

If you don’t see waiting rooms filled with pregnant “southerners” and their growing broods, then you need to check out the ophthalmology care while you’re there.


43 posted on 12/03/2011 6:38:30 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Chode

Oh, I see what you mean. I’ve been looking at various wheelchairs that my husband doesn’t need, but would like to have. I don’t mind paying for that. He needs a wheelchair. A power chair would be nice, but the manual one he has is sufficient. When he first got it, TriCare wouldn’t authorize purchasing one. They’ve been paying monthly rental on it. I just got a notice this week that they’re not going to pay for it anymore. He can sometimes walk a few feet with a quad cane, but he needs a wheelchair, even at home. Tricare hasn’t explained why they’re stopping payment for his wheelchair. I’ll have to contact them and see what I can find out. He’s not a charity case. He has more than paid for his healthcare coverage. I shouldn’t have to fight tooth and nail to get him what’s rightfully his, and to have to explain to stupid bureaucrats the difference between need and want.


44 posted on 12/03/2011 7:10:34 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb
absolutely right... i will pray for him and you
45 posted on 12/03/2011 7:50:58 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Thank you. We know the power of prayers, and they are always appreciated.


46 posted on 12/03/2011 7:57:51 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: The Working Man

I doubt anyone would do it. I know I wouldn’t.


47 posted on 12/03/2011 1:13:56 PM PST by cableguymn
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