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Different methods may have saved minister's life

There is to be a new investigation into the murder of foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003 - this time the focus is on the eight hours of surgery that failed to save her life.

And an episode of the TV4 program Kalla fakta ('cold facts') includes accusations that other methods could have been used, and possibly saved her life.

The Swedish board of health and welfare is to look at the care that Anna Lindh received at the Karolinska university hospital in Solna. The hospital's head of medicine, Stefan Engqvist says to news agency TT that he is pleased that the board is to mount an investigation, and that he is convinced that his hospital used the best methods and competence possible.

The points that the TV4 program raises include the fact that the hospital's two most experienced surgeons were not present at the operation until five hours after the minister had been injured. Plus the program quotes a source who asks why a hear and lung machine was not used on the dying patient.

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