Tsunami's effect on the country of Sweden - page 2

I would have prefered to have posted this on the "Current Events Discussion" forum, where it would be more appropriate, but as this is my first post to allnurses.com, I don't have that privilege. The... Read More

  1. by   Jay-Jay
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Steph here's the story that I'm sure you're talking about. Heartbreaking

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/s...20With%20Uncle



    Here's some photos of the child being reunited with his uncle. Along with other horrifying pictures. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/galleri...MPLATE=DEFAULT
    Actually, Tweety, the caption says it's his father. Is that a mistake? (I hope not!) The other link doesn't take me to the article in question, so I don't have the details.

    Edit: I was able to access the story this time, and it IS his father!! :hatparty:

    Swedish boy, dad reunited after tsunami

    PHUKET, Thailand (AP) -- A Swedish toddler was reunited with his weeping father in a Thai hospital Wednesday, days after the 18-month-old was found sitting alone on a roadside in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster. The boy's mother is among some 5,000 people still missing in Thailand.

    Hannes Bergstroem, his face scratched and pocked with mosquito bites and his hand bandaged, looked bemused as his father choked up with emotion. The father, also scratched and bruised, lay in a hospital bed, holding Hannes with ballons around them.

    Hannes was found alone on a roadside near a Thai beach resort Sunday night and he was taken by helicopter to a hospital for treatment. The hospital staff posted his photo on the Internet Monday in an effort to locate his family.

    His uncle, who spotted the photo, claimed the boy Tuesday and set up the reunion with the father, Marko Karkkainen, at a hospital on the southern Thai island of Phuket where both father and son were receiving treatment
    Nice to have one good piece of news come out of all this suffering!
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Those pictures are so horrendous and telling......they really "put a face" on this disaster. Thanks Tweety.
  3. by   InfRN
    I didn't check out the links above since I know this lucky little boy's story well. I can report that little H-a-n-n-e-s Bergstrm was first identified by his aunt in Tby here in Sweden through a picture posted at Phuket Hospital's homepage. She was painfully seraching for info on the internet about survivors when she came across a pic of this little unidentified boy who was thought to be speaking Swedish. His uncle who resides in another part of Thailand came and picked him up, since Hannes' father was seriously injured in another hospital. Today, Hannes father Marko had recovered enough from his surgery and they are now reunited. H-a-n-n-e-s mother has not been found.

    The Thai nurses thought this little guy was about 3 years old when they first posted his picture, when in fact he is only 20 months old. He's quite a big little boy.
    Last edit by InfRN on Jan 2, '05
  4. by   fergus51
    I think this only serves to remind us how small the world really is. It's no different than when 9/11 happened. Of course, the most suffering was born by America, but dozens of countries lost citizens in that tragedy and this tragedy will no doubt also spread grief around the world. Makes me realize citizenship doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things, we're all just part of humanity.
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from InfRN
    I didn't check out the links above since I know this lucky little boy's story well. I can report that little Hannes Bergstrm was first identified by his aunt in Tby here in Sweden through a picture posted at Phuket Hospital's homepage. She was painfully seraching for info on the internet about survivors when she came across a pic of this little unidentified boy who was thought to be speaking Swedish. His uncle who resides in another part of Thailand came and picked him up, since Hannes' father was seriously injured in another hospital. Today, Hannes father Marko had recovered enough from his surgery and they are now reunited. Hannes mother has not been found.

    The Thai nurses thought this little guy was about 3 years old when they first posted his picture, when in fact he is only 20 months old. He's quite a big little boy.

    Thanks for the clarification. I remember first hearing about a reunion with an uncle and got confused as I was typing.
  6. by   Tweety
    Quote from gwenith
    I am moving this to the break room so that the OP can respond to this thread.

    Thanks Gwenith. I realize that non-Premium Members have to stick to nursing topics only but I appreciate your support.
  7. by   kitty29
    Quote from fergus51
    I think this only serves to remind us how small the world really is. It's no different than when 9/11 happened. Of course, the most suffering was born by America, but dozens of countries lost citizens in that tragedy and this tragedy will no doubt also spread grief around the world. Makes me realize citizenship doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things, we're all just part of humanity.

    Most certainly!
  8. by   InfRN
    Sweden is a country in shock and mourning. 5 days after the wave, 4000 Swedish tourists are now officially missing and most probably dead. This is an enormous amount for a small country of only 9 million. The governments of Germany and England have been contacted for assistance with the air bridge involved in getting our injured and as many of the dead as possible home. It is painfully overwhelming to know that most of the dead and injured are children.

    The patients are starting to arrive. 20 jumbo jets are coming in, the first planes so far have been mostly the lightly injured, these were the ones that could get out and away to the airports in the chaos. The Thai hospitals are over full with Scandinavian patients. Thank you to my Thai colleagues who have been working 24/7 since Boxing Day.

    We are bracing ourselves for at the very least 500 serioulsy ill multi-trauma patients. Many are now septic. In the chaos on the other side of the world, it is impossible to get an accurate inventory of patients. All the patients have infected wounds after 5 days in the tropical heat. We have multiple surgical trauma teams standing by and we are trying to free as many acute care beds as possible.

    Thanks for listening. I will check in when I can.
    InfRN
  9. by   InfRN
    This is a painful journey.

    We are filling our hospitals with broken hearts. I have to be careful what I say because the press is all over the internet looking for "stories".

    Getting the living home is still an on-going, enormous task. The last 24 hours have seen the arrival of 11 planes which brings the total home now to about 6,000 of the estimated 20-30,000 Swedish tourists that were in SW Thailand on Christmas holiday when the wave came. Among these are only the lightly physically injured and ambulatory that were able to get out of Phuket and Khao Lak and on to Bang kok and then endure the 13 hour flight home. We have several triage teams stationed at the airport. Hospitals all across Scandinavia are receiving patients. The more seriously injured are still on their way, the queu for beds on the hospital planes is long, of course. There are apparently hundreds of Thai hospitals caring for our patients. The Thai people are and have been wonderful. The patients requiring intensive care in vents will be air lifted when it is deemed their status is stabile enough for the flight.

    The dead that are identified will be flown home in the 2 Hercules planes our military has sent. They will probably have to make 2 trips each.

    People here at home are scared, frustrated and angry. The psychiatric services here have opened 24 hour centers to support and help the traumatized relatives and survivors cope.

    Thks for listening.
    InfRN
  10. by   Tweety
    InfRN, thanks so much for sharing your perspective as a nurse. My heart goes out to you and your country. It just goes to show at the heart of every disaster and war in this world is a nurse. How honorable is that?

    What are people angry about? Is it the lack of communication, the slowness of it all, the lack of answers?
  11. by   InfRN
    Anger isn't the foremost of the psychological reactions to this tragedy, though admittedly time, distance and the tropical heat are working against us. Sorrow, and worry are certainly in everone's hearts, mine too, none of us here are untouched personally by this, we are a small country.

    The magnitude of the effects of this disaster is beyond comprehension and noone was prepared for it. The coastal area of Khao Lak, which is where most Scandinavian lives have been lost, is a remote lengthy stretch of beach resorts 100 miles north of the Island of Phuket on the mainland. Everything was wiped out, not the least of which, telecommunications. Accurate information has been difficult to obtain. It takes time to set up rescue operations from across the other side of the world.

    The need for help is far too urgent to waste energy pointing blaming fingers. We are a country united to work and get through this.

    The 2 first hospital planes with the more seriously injured are scheduled to arrive later tonight after 24.00h.

    I've just been called in for these 2 transports and will be working all night tonight. As I said, I have to be careful about details on here, even dx's. These people are traumatized enough without journalists buzzing about.

    Thks for listening.
    InfRN
  12. by   InfRN
    One more thing .... thanks to this forum for letting me post here among colleagues. I need a place to sort my thoughts out and gather strength where hopefully few journalists will find me.
    Thks again,
    InfRN
  13. by   Tweety
    Take care and please continue to post as often as you can.

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