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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paralyzed with Fear


After suffering from a stroke, 43-year-old Jim Fritze from Sweden became completely paralyzed.  Doctors took x-rays of Fritze’s brain and concluded that he would not live.  Yet, unbeknownst to doctors, Fritze was slowly regaining consciousness and listened as doctors talked to his girlfriend about organ donation, “I could hear her crying the whole time, but I couldn’t do anything.” 

Fortunately, a more experienced doctor re-examined Fritze and determined his chances of living were high.  Now, two years later, Fritze is able to speak and move, though he still undergoes rehabilitative therapy. 

Hoping to prevent such a harrowing incident from reoccurring, Fritze filed an official complaint against Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Hospital last month. 

See Richard Orange, Swedish Stroke Patient Hears Doctors Discuss Removing His Organs, The Telegraph, Apr. 4, 2014. 

Special thanks to Kristen Vander-Plas (2016 Candidate for Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Texas Tech University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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