Sign this letter to the Danish Prime Minister for Karina Hansen

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Editor’s note: Michael Evison of ME Alliance has written this letter to the Danish prime minister about Karina Hansen’s case and is asking for signatures of support from all around the world by Midnight October 29th (GMT)
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Dear Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen,
We the undersigned wish to appeal to you, the leader of the new Liberal Venstre Government of Denmark, to rectify a grave error of judgement that was made by the previous Social Democrat Government in 2012.
I refer to the inhumane forced removal of Karina Hansen from her home and her family. Karina, like many of us, is a severe ME sufferer, in Denmark.
She was diagnosed with ME in 2010. ME was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a neurological disease in 1969. Since that time, Karina has had her ME diagnosis stripped away, by the Danish psychiatrist Per Fink, who later refused an offer by the world renowned ME expert, Dr Nigel Speight, to fly to Denmark and perform a second opinion test for ME on Karina.
Per Fink has now been treating Karina with psychiatric treatment for two and half years, with no apparent success. In fact a statement from the Hammell center, said that Karina now has brain damage, which she did not have at the time of her removal from home in 2012.
There is mounting research around the world, to suggesting that psychiatric exercise treatment given to Severe ME patients, harms them irrevocably, perhaps to the point where they cannot recover.
One of the symptoms of Severe ME is inflammation of the spinal cord and brain. So it hardly a surprise that brain damage can be an outcome.
The Hippocratic oath that all good doctors take, says “Do no harm”. It would seem that this has not been observed.
In 2011, the Norwegian Director of Health apologised to the Norwegian ME patients, for not believing that they were seriously ill and for their previous irresponsible treatment at the hands of the Norwegian health service. This was repeated by the current Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in 2015.
Denmark is currently not well regarded, for ME treatment in Europe and probably the modern world, mainly due to the situation surrounding Karina Hansen. Thousands of ME sufferers around the world are following Karina’s situation with great concern. For the second year running, they will be sending birthday cards to Karina and cards to her parents. In the hope that she will receive them and realise that so many people care about her.
The new Danish Liberal Venstre Government, now stand at a crossroads in this situation. They can either continue the treatment of Karina, initiated by the previous Social democrat Government, or they can apologise for what has happened to Karina, as Norway and take measures to rectify the horrendous situation that Karina and her family now find themselves in.
Karina should be released from the psychiatric treatment regime that was initiated by the previous Social Democrat Government and moved (with agreement from her family) to a suitable non psychiatric care home, near to her home and family, where they can visit her whenever Karina is well enough to accept visitors, as is the case with normal hospital patients, until she is well enough to return home to her parents care.
The state guardian should be removed and her parents should be reinstated with their parental responsibilities for their daughter. Karina is still only a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. We appeal to you to please give her reason to hope for a better future.
 
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4 thoughts on “Sign this letter to the Danish Prime Minister for Karina Hansen”

  1. Dr Julie Milton

    Patients, scientists and clinicians who are aware of Karina Hansen’s plight are horrified at her treatment at the hands of Per Fink. We cannot imagine how such a thing could be allowed to happen. Denmark’s reputation as an enlightened nation where the sick and disabled are treated well has been damaged enormously. Karina’s human rights have been breached and her forced treatment appears to have resulted in brain damage.
    This situation is appalling. Please act immediately and secure Karina Hansen’s release.
    (I am writing from England.)

  2. Karina’s situation is appalling! I just sent a request to Amnesty International to investigate this. I don’t know if Karina’s case is in the AI’s bailiwick, but I thought it is worth a try to see if they are able to look into this. Perhaps others could add their requests to this organization as well.
    I have no idea if this has been tried, but what about appealing to the European Court of Human Rights? It does see like several avenues have already been investigated, but are there other avenues that could be tried?

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