By David Tuller, DrPH
Holger Klintenberg, a 35-year-old from the southern Swedish city of Jonkoping, has severe ME. His illness began after a bout of mononucleosis (or glandular fever) when he was 19. He has recently experienced difficult interactions with the health care system. His family fears he could be forced into psychiatric care against his and their wishes. They are concerned that the medical professionals overseeing Holger’s care do not understand ME and, in particular, the role of post-exertional malaise, or PEM.
Holger’s situation has attracted international attention, including a petition that currently has over 8,000 signatories. I zoomed a few days ago with Anton Karlsson, Holger’s younger brother, about the current situation. (One correction: Holger met his future wife when he was 23 and got married at 27, not 21 as Anton says in the video.)
I can’t figure out how to post the video on this WordPress blog–that’s got to do with my technological ineptitude, most likely. But you can watch it here, on my Facebook page.