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SOS nurse charged with lesser crime

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A nurse who worked at the SOS Alarm emergency operator will be charged with "creating danger to another".

After refusing to send an ambulance to a man who later died, the nurse was acquitted of manslaughter, but may now be charged with this lesser crime as the case goes to the Court of Appeals.

In january 2011 a 23-year old man rang the SOS Alarm emergency number and asked for an ambulance. "I keep on fainting", he said, and repeated his request for q uearter of an hour. The nurse on the line decided that the young man was not seriously ill, but the 23-year old later died of a ruptured spleen, due to mononucleosis (glandular fever).

Hearing the manslaughter case the district court ruled that the 23-year old may not have survived even if an ambulance had been sent.

If found guilty of "creating danger to another" the nurse may be sent to prison for up to two years.

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