Tsunami's effect on the country of Sweden - page 3

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   InfRN
    I don't know where to start .... but here goes ....

    Our national efforts regarding our own citizens are concentrated on evacuation of the living and injured, retrieval and identification of the deceased, and finally transport or funereal services on site of the deceased.

    Yesterday, 14 flights of regular passenger long distance jets arrived at Arlanda International Airport from Thailand, though I am hard pressed to keep track of numbers anymore. The flight time for these flights has been something like 13-14 hours.

    The status of the people on these flights are being assessed upon arrival, food and warm clothes and councelling services are provided where necessary and any wounds are cleaned and dressed by the first level medical teams. Social services are working with the unaccompanied children where no relatives have survived. All is being shielded well from journalists, there is a press secretary for each team of professionals providing suitable and adequate information to the public.

    Transport from the airport consists of furthur domestic flights within Sweden to home municipalities, as well as fleets of regular vehicles such as wheel chair taxis etc. and of course relatives and friends.

    The more seriously injured are also arriving and our set up is coping and working well. 2 MD-80 hospital planes landed in the night, one at 04:40h, one at 05:50h, ca. 20 hours after leaving Bangkok. These machines are forced to land en route for fueling and service.These 2 planes are flying hospital wards with full medical service up to vent-level. These 2 planes together were over full and delivered 124 seriously injured patients home. After cleaning, restocking and refueling, a new flight crew with a new shift of medical staff will return and get the next load.

    Transport from the airport for these patients after medical handover consists fleets of ambulance helicopters and regular ambulance vehicles. Emergency services are distrubuting the injured across the country to awaiting teams.

    At the other end of this air bridge in place in Thailand is also an organization of Scandinavian and Thai medical professionals, I don't have much info on that, but they are obviously working hard and doing an enormous job.

    Our hope is to get all levels of transportable patients back by Tuesday.

    There is also a considerable forensic team on site doing their jobs. The visuals I have seen from this work makes it impossible for me to describe it. Thousands and thousands of bodies, most of them ours, in advance stages of decomposition in Khao Lak alone. I'll leave it at that, otherwise I'll fall apart.

    Sweden's official list of missing and feared lost in Thailand 6 days after the disaster is 3559 individuals who are unaccounted for, 59 others are identified and confirmed dead. Norway, Denmark and Finland have also suffered, I apologize that I can't say their exact numbers but it is something like Norway 600 missing nationals, Denmark 500 and Finland 200.

    I just woke up after working all night and missed the press conference at 15.00h. I will go see if I can find it on line, now. I might be able just adjust some figures after that.

    Thks for listening. Feedback is appreciated.
    I can hardly bear to say Happy New Year
  2. by   InfRN
    A quick note to report that:

    12,000 of the estimated 30,000 Swedish nationals who were in SW Thailand when the wave came have so far been evacuated and have arrived home.

    Norway has adjusted the total number of missing Norwegian nationals to 1440. individuals.

    An international forensic team has been in place for a couple of days, I'm loosing track of time myself. They report that occular identification of dead bodies is no longer possible and hasn't been for at least two days. Gov't of Thailand says 6000 corpses have been collected in the area, the overwhelming majority of these are tourists. Collection of identifiable DNA is limited to dental pulp which is extracted after dental x-rays of every single corpse, along with rings, etc and recorded for analysis.

    Refridgeration (sp?) equipment to support this gigantic effort is now in place, whether it is enough I don't know. Mobile radiological equipment arrived quite a few days ago with the forensic teams. These guys know what they are doing. They have all worked together before, on the Bali bombing most recently. My heart goes out to them.

    The mathematics and logistics of managing this disaster in just a relatively tiny geographical region of the totally affected area are beyond comprehension.

    I don't have enough English words to report all this as well as I could in Swedish, and I apologize if my language skills are too limited to embroider my text properly. I hope I don't sound cold and detached.

    The little boy, H-a-n-n-e-s, is back in Sweden now with his father. His mom hasn't been found.

    over and out for now
  3. by   Tweety
    Thanks for the updates. I do appreciate hearing the perspective. What's nice is your country pulling together and that you have a medical system that doesn't ask "well who is going to pay for it, who has insurance or not?"...that all are getting top notch care equally with the full support of the country.

    Take care and keep in touch.
  4. by   stbernardclub
    another sad fact is that this could happen anywhere in the world. It could happen again in 5 minutes. MAY GOD BE WITH US ALL
  5. by   donmurray
    He appears to have been conspicuously absent so far.

    Thanks for your updates, infRN.
  6. by   SarasotaRN2b
    My heart and prayers go out to the suffering and their families.

  7. by   jnette
    ifn RN...

    my heart literally broke reading your posts... I cannot seem to wipe away the tears, as they continue to come... my heart aches for you and your country, for all of Scandanavia... for ALL countries and nations which have suffered such a tremendous a loss.

    I continue to update myself on the major news networks, but the heart can only take so much.. I cannot pretend to imagine what you are seeing and feeling right now. Your updates here have made it more personal... I do wish there were others like you from Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Somalia, etc. who would include their perspective and experiences as well... and if nothing else, allow some of their personal heartache to be vented and embraced here.

    I am so DEEPLY sorry for your anguish, your losses... my heart breaks for all of you, and for all others suffering your pain in every country affected by this incomprehensible catastrophe....
  8. by   weetziebat
    [font=Comic Sans MS]InfRN, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of so many of your countrymen. This is a terribly tragedy which will scar so many lives forever.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Appreciate your updates as to the ongoing work to help those injured. Am glad your country has the resources to do what is needed.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Please don't apologize for your English. Reading your posts, I would never have guessed you were not a native English speaker.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]I have been in touch with a friend in Sri Lanka, who has gone to the stricken area to help as much as possible. Was supposed to call with updates, but his cell phone battery is low and there is no electricity to re-charge the battery, so haven't heard any news from there since Wednesday.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]These awful events certainly goes to show just how fragile life is. My heart breaks for all concerned. Yes, please continue to post as you are able.
  9. by   InfRN
    Finding it more and more difficult to fight exhaustion but I will try to continue my reports here.

    The strain is getting harder to ignore after a week, have 2 more nights to go before I have a scheduled rest period of 3 days. Sleeping between shifts is fitfull and nearly impossible. I charge my batteries working, as soon as I am at the hospital, I am energized. Here at home, I feel useless. I should go to store because the fridge is empty, or maybe wash the dishes that are piling up in the sink but I'm just too tired.

    Early this morning, the world's largest freight plane in existence, an Antonov 124 Condor, requisitioned from the Russians by the Swedish gov't, lifted from Stockholm to go get our dead. The scheduled landing in Phuket is a problem, this machine is so big there is a risk it will interfere with much of everything else going on at that airport. On this plane are 12 refridgerated shipping containers each able to hold 110 deceased, along with thousands of body bags and coffins. It is filled to the max with diesel generators, forensic supplies, and what ever else they put in there, 120 tons. We have to clean up down there so the Thais can have their beaches back.

    Our Hercules planes are in other countries, doing their jobs.

    I don't know what else to say, I'm too tired to think. I'll go get some rest.

    Thks for listening
  10. by   InfRN
    Sorry, I apologize for forgetting my manners, I forgot to say thank you to all that have responded with kind words of sympathy.
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from InfRN
    Sorry, I apologize for forgetting my manners, I forgot to say thank you to all that have responded with kind words of sympathy.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((ifnRN)))))))))))))))))))) )))))

    If only we could physically wrap you in our arms and just hold you.

    Please continue to post.. as hard and heartbreaking as it is to read, I know this is at least one small avenue for you to release much of the anguish and heartbreak... keep on.

    Know that we're supporting you in our thoughts and prayers... keep on.
  12. by   suzanne4
    After being a resident of Thailand for so long, and now currently back in the US for a short time, it is still hard for me to imagine all of the detruction to areas where I used to play.

    One minute everything is beautiful and peaceful, and the next minute it is taken away from you.

    To all of my friends from Sweden that I have met in my journeys, I hope that all of you have made it home safely, but I am sure that some of you are now among the missing.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs to all of you)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
  13. by   fergus51
    Take care InfRn. I can't even imagine how difficult the coming days and weeks will be for people affected by this. They said on the news today that Sweden's losses will be equivalent to Indonesia's when compared to the total populations of each country. They are thinking that only Sri Lanka will have lost more as a percentage of population.