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HEALTH CARE

Trial against emergency service nurse begins

Published måndag 14 november 2011 kl 10.16
Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix.

Five ambulances were available when a 52-year-old nurse decided to deny help to Emil Linnell, the 23-year-old who earlier this year died after emergency services failed to take his phone call about breathing difficulties seriously.

The trial against the nurse begins today in Stockholm. He received the call to the emergency services on January 30 but denies all wrongdoing

The prosecution says he "consciously put at grave risk" the life of Linnell.

In a recording of Linnell's phone call, the nurse tells him to take a deep breath. Linnell responds "I can't. Help me! Please help me!"

He died a few hours later of a ruptured spleen.

The deceased's parents are in court today, reports the news agency TT. The trial is expected to take three days.

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