Karina Hansen Update


Karina Hansen


A brief re-cap 

Karina Hansen lives in Denmark. In 2008, she was diagnosed with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). The diagnosis was disputed and in February 2013, then aged 24, she was forcibly removed from home, where her family had been caring for her. She was taken to Hammel Neurocenter (part of “The Research Clinic for Functional Disorders” at Aarhus University Hospital).

Several doctors have been involved in her case but psychiatrists Nils Balle Christensen and Per Fink have dictated the overall course of her treatment at Hammel. Since shortly after her initial detention, she has been classed as a “voluntary” patient; she was found by a court subsequently to lack capacity to make her own decisions. As a result of that finding, the court appointed a legal guardian to take responsibility for her welfare.

Three years on, Karina remains a de facto prisoner of the state. She has been moved to a nearby “rehabilitation centre” but allowed very little contact with her family. Her father was permitted to visit her in December 2015. Whilst she was physically clean and cared-for, she was nevertheless in a wheelchair and unable to speak except for incomprehensible mumbling and grimaces. She did not appear to recognise her own father.

For the full story, please click on the link below:

Link to full Karina story


The latest update as at 1 October 2016 from the Free Karina Hansen Facebook Group is:


From Bente Stenfalk

Three Wednesdays in a row Karina’s parents have been able to pay Karina a visit.

It was a friendly physiotherapist who let them in the first time.

And since then Karina has nodded YES to see her parents when the staff have asked her if she wanted to see them.

Karina can nod and shake her head and in that way indicate that she understands questions.

The visits cannot be very long for Karina gets tired very quickly.

Karina is pushed around outside in a wheelchair by the staff, and she can walk a very short distances with a walker.

Karina’s phone has resurfaced, and the physiotherapist helped to exchange phone numbers with the parents, but Karina does not speak.

I close this thread for questions, the parents do not want further debate about visits online right now, but they would like to share this good news about visits with you. We follow up when there is any news.






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