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Karina Hansen 8: The Aftermath Continues

June 25, 2018

Karina in November 2016 shortly after her return home

This post has now been deleted and replaced with an updated version at:

Karina Hansen 8 (updated): the aftermath continues


Quick reminder

Karina is a young woman from Denmark who became ill with the severe form of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) as a teenager. She was being cared for at home by her family but, in February 2013, she was forcibly removed by the state authorities and confined in an institution for three and a half years as a de facto psychiatric patient.  Her family members were not allowed to visit her and she was subjected to highly inappropriate treatment.

She was eventually allowed to return home in October 2016, in a far worse condition than when she had arrived at the institution. Both she and her family have experienced – and continue to experience – considerable trauma as a result of this state intervention.

Read more in the updated version at Karina Hansen 8 (updated): the aftermath continues …..


8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2018 09:17

    Reblogged this on Short Blogs for the Distracted……… and commented:
    It’s truly shameful the way she has been treated… thanks for the update Valerie x


  2. Sally Burch permalink
    June 25, 2018 10:09

    Such a tragic situation for the whole family. Why do the authorities cling to their control of Karina? Why does no official dare to move the situation forwards? Something doesn’t add up. Thank you for updating us Valerie, I wish things were better. My thoughts are with the Hansen family xx

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  3. Steve edin permalink
    June 25, 2018 10:33

    What has per fink got to say after this ‘treatment’ failed. if it was all mental and also caused by the family why hasnt he been able to cure her?

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  4. jacqueline butterworth permalink
    June 25, 2018 11:40

    31yrs ago I was diagnosed with ME-17rs later private tests proved Lyme disease-Doctors know very little about ME and even less about Lyme disease-It is a worldwide scandal-Because I got no treatment it has left me with severe arthritis.


  5. Debra Nice permalink
    June 25, 2018 13:03

    It’s disgusting, & horrendous abuse of power. Very distressing situation for Karina and the family. My heart goes out to them. Thank you Valerie for the update. Sending lots of TLC 💞 💌


  6. June 25, 2018 16:52

    Reblogged this on Utting-Wolff Spouts and commented:
    Valerie continues to follow Karina Hansen’s horrendous plight. Please have a read.


  7. Silke permalink
    June 25, 2018 19:47

    Dear Valerie, thank’s for this update. I hope they will give peace to Karin. That she is able to live in freedom in the care of her family. How are you?
    Regards Silke

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  8. Margaret Goff Knapp permalink
    July 6, 2018 16:12

    Thank you for continuing to follow Karina’s case and to bring attention to it.

    Karina’s situation is a living embodiment of this quote by C. S. Lewis.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

    Karina is not an infant, an imbecile or a domestic animal, but by the actions of Denmark, she has been put in that classification, as a mindless creature whose disposition is to be decided by the will of another. But Karina Hansen is in reality an adult, rational human being who should have the right to exercise free will. It is irrelevant whether others, even judges or doctors, believe Karina’s choices are best for her health or for her own good. The only thing that is relevant is what Karina herself CHOOSES, regardless of whether it’s for her own good or not, regardless of whether it is healthy and regardless of whether anyone else agrees with her choice. The key point of free will is that it is a CHOICE, and it belongs to the INDIVIDUAL. If we want to spend the rest of our lives smoking cigarettes and eating cake, it is a choice that we have a right to make. If we want to stay home with the doctor thinks we’d be healthier if we stayed in a hospital, it is a choice we have a right to make. Karina has a right to decide to do whatever she wants to do, whether the government agree, her parents agree or her doctors agree. It is and always should be Karina’s Choice.


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