The nurse and his lawyer Björn Hurtig in an archive picture.Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix
Court of Appeal

Appeals verdict today on SOS Alarm nurse

The Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm will announce its verdict this afternoon on the case of an SOS Alarm nurse who refused to send an ambulance to the home of a young man who later died from a ruptured spleen.

The 53-year-old nurse, who no longer works for the emergency operator, was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter by Stockholm District Court last year. It said that while there was no doubt the nurse should have sent an ambulance, it was not possible to prove that 23-year-old Emil Linnell would have survived if he had received pre-hospital care.

In January 2011, the 23-year-old called repeatedly to SOS Alarm asking for an ambulance, but got none. The prosecutor said that SOS Alarm had clear rules that the nurse failed to follow.

SOS Alarm, which operates in several counties in Sweden, made a number of changes in working practises following the original high-profile court case.

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