Over the past several years, many of us with and without ME have looked on in horror as Karina Hansen was forcibly removed from her home and institutionalized. This was in part due to Denmark’s decision to rename myalgic encephalomyelitis “bodily distress syndrome” and classify it as a psychological illness.
The Hansens’ fight to regain their daughter was long and challenging, emotionally and financially. Significant legal costs have accrued over the past several years, and more will likely continue to do so in the future, in part due to prospective legal action.
The fund created in order to help pay the Hansens’ legal fees currently stands at 4000 euros. This is equivalent to roughly $4300 US dollars, 3400 British pounds or 30000 Danish kroner, and does not over the legal fees that have piled up over the past several years.
“The fund is a vital resource – and Karina’s family are extremely grateful to those who have already donated – but it is a tiny fraction of what is required,” says Valerie Elliot Smith, who has documented Karina’s legal journey in her blogs and kept the ME community apprised of her condition.
You can donate in order to support Karina and her family through this challenging time by clicking on the link below. All donations will go solely towards paying the Hansens’ legal fees. If you scroll down on the donation page, you will see that there are links for specific countries and languages to make it even easier to donate.
Please consider donating, even if it is just a dollar or two, if that is possible for you. Karina deserves all the support we can give her.