Friday, June 21, 2013

Justice for Karina Hansen: A template for writing letters to Danish government officials

Letter Writing Template for Denmark officials

by Justice for Karina Hansen (Notes) on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:13pm

  • To use this template just copy and paste it into your own document. There are two items you will need to fill in. They are in bold and italicized to help you find them. One is a place for you to enter your own ME experience and the other is your signature at the bottom. Thank you for helping Karina Hansen and her family!

Dear Sir or Madam:

 I am writing to you concerning the treatment being offered in Denmark to those suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).  In case you are unfamiliar with ME, it is a debilitating physical illness that has been classified as a neurological illness by the World Health Organization since 1969.

It has been brought to my attention that a young woman with myalgic encephalomyelitis named Karina Hansen has been forcibly removed from her home on February 12, 2013 for treatment she did not choose.

Karina is at Hammel Neurocenter and being treated by Nils Balle Christensen, a psychiatrist with The Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics.  Karina's parents have not been allowed to visit her despite the fact it is not permitted to prevent relatives from visiting their family members in the hospital in Denmark.  It is my understanding that human rights are to be given the highest priority.

You can find more details regarding Karina Hansen's situation at ME Association, Denmark's Facebook page at and

This situation prompts many people around the world to ask:
1. Does Denmark recognize the World Health Organization code for ME?

Please note that benign myalgic encephalomyelitis is coded as G93.3 in the chapter entitled "Diseases of the Nervous System" under the subheading "Other disorders of brain."  To further clarify, myalgic encephalomyelitis is listed under diseases of the nervous system and NOT mental and behavioural disorders.
It is my understanding that any country that accepts the WHO Regulations for nomenclature is obligated to accept the ICD classification.   If Denmark accepts the ICD classification of ME as a neurological illness, than why are doctors who specialize in mental and behavioural disorders in charge of an ME patient's treatment?

2. What is the recommended treatment for ME patients in Denmark?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis can result in death without proper treatment. One well-known case is that of Sophia Mirza in England. You can find more information about her death at
3. Do ME patients in Denmark not have the right to choose which treatment to receive? Also do they not have the basic human rights of visitation with their family?

4. Who monitors experimental treatments to be certain that no basic human rights are being denied in cases such as these?

In order to help you understand the many challenges someone with ME faces, I would  like to share my personal experiences of dealing with ME.  (Please add your personal experience with ME and possibly any problems you have suffered resulting from any wrong treatment you have received)

Many people around the world are concerned with Karina Hansen's treatment and have signed petitions in support of her. They can be found at
A video has also been made to spread awareness of what Karina is facing and can be seen here at
All of these things show that Karina Hansen and her family have a world of support!

 I ask that you please do all within your power to have Karina Hansen's human rights restored and see that she has proper treatment for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

I understand you cannot answer any questions about Karina Hansen's case, but I would appreciate answers to the general questions about the treatment of ME patients in Denmark.

  I would appreciate your prompt attention to the matter. Thank you for your consideration.

                                                                        (your name)

Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen)
Axel Heides Gade 1
2300 Copenhagen S
Telephone: +45 7222 7400 Monday to Friday, 9:30 - 15:00.

Danish regional Office:
Statsforvalningsen Midtjylland
St. Blichers Vej 6
Postbox: 151
6950 Ringkobing
Tele: +45 7256 8300

County Office:
Holstebro County - Mayor’s Office
Kirkestræde 11
7500 Holstebro

Tlf. 9611 7500

Psychiatrists Abuse their power, Karina Hansen Sectioned for No reason


Holly Hill said...

Thank you for sharing this information.

Samuel Wales said...

Thank you.


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