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Man dies after hospital dawdles

Published torsdag 10 november 2011 kl 20.46

Complaining of a terrible headache, a man in the southern Swedish town of Ystad went to the hospital and had to wait 20 hours for a brain scan.

The long wait had tragic consequences, because the cyst in his brain was not discovered on time to save his life. Despite a hasty operation, the man died at Skåne University Hospital in Lund. He was just 33 years old.

"It's just awful and should not have been allowed to happen," says Christer Wahlfrid, the head doctor at Ystad hospital.

The man had gone to the emergency room at the Ystad hospital because of a bad migraine on October 26. He was given morphine, but the decision to give him a brain scan was drawn out.

Once the scan was finally done, he was immediately sent to Lund, but the cyst was blocking circulation from the brain and the operation could not save him.

Wahlfrid says he does not understand why the decision to give the man a brain scan took so long and says that his life could have been saved if he had been operated on earlier. Wahlfrid says the hospital will be reporting itself, in a so-called Lex Maria, to the National Board of Health and Welfare.

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