Anonymous asked disabledtalk:
Hello, I was reading the article about the girl being institutionalized who has mitochondrial disease. Have you heard about the girl in Denmark who suffers from ME/CFS who has also been hospitalized for the same reasons? Her name is Karina Hansen. She was bedridden and placed in a psychiatric institution and is being forced to do strenuous exercise which actually makes her condition worse.
On Feb 12th 2013, 5 policemen from Holstebro county, Denmark, came to Karina’s house and forcibly removed her from her bed. There were also 2 doctors, a locksmith and 2 social workers present.
Karina called for her mother’s help, but her mother was blocked by the police from aiding her. Karina used her mobile phone for the first time in years to call her mother, her father, her cousin and her sister, Janni. Karina is so ill that she can usually only speak in one or two word sentences, but during her removal she managed to call her father and say: “Help Dad, in my room”, and to her sister: “Help, Janni, I don’t know where they are taking me”. Karina’s mother could not answer her phone because she was surrounded by policemen…
On the morning of Feb. 13th, Karina managed to call her mother from her mobile phone. She said: “How can I get out of here? I can’t take this”. (”Hvordan kan jeg komme væk herfra? Jeg kan ikke klare det.”) Then the connection was cut…
Karina’s parents have not seen their daughter since Feb. 12th
Karina’s story is actually posted on the website for Voices from the Shadows, a documentary on CFS/ME and abuses against patients with it that was one of our first posts here (apologies, I can’t remember if she was in the film itself). I’m not sure how easy to find it is now, but I’ve watched it and it’s very important but extremely hard to watch. I wish it were higher profile because I imagine most abled people don’t really know or care that this kind of thing goes on.