A Dutch website said that a documentary about the alleged abduction of 4 year old Emma Maddison was almost not shown in Denmark.
Before the show aired Vicki’s lawyer Peter Ølholm had considered an injunction to prevent it from being broadcast and was in communication with TV2′s about whether it should be stopped..
Peter Ølholm viewed the program and said he thought it was factually incorrect in many respects, the documentary was far from a complete picture of the case.
As we understand it and allowing for problems with translation, he says the key is the whole question of whether this child is still sick or not. In his opinion if you watch the broadcast, you sit back with the impression that this is a child who is not sick.
In a nutshell, there is no treatment in New Zealand that can really cure Emma of her eating problems and Odense University Hospital is the only place that offers a solution for her.
Talking more about the documentary he says that you’ll see the doctor explain that Emma is healthy. “Yes she is healthy for the specific eating disorder but she is not a healthy child.”
“It also appears from the evidence from the court in Frederiksberg, she is below below the weight curve in relation to her age and size” emphasizes Peter Ølholm. He also maintains that Emma receives much needed support in kindergarten, has to be assisted with her eating and that her mother Vicki’s has been given financial help to make up for wages lost due to time spent caring for her daughter
He says that Emma is mentally fragile. Otherwise, the municipality would not allocate the extra funding and that was not made clear by the television program. He also believes that his client has gone to great lengths to help manage Emma’s condition.
It was on his advice that Vicki decided not to participate in the documentary or otherwise comment on the matter. In the meantime he was working on a written complaint to TV 2 and TV Board.
The full Danish version of this story may be found here
A reader tells us Odense University
“is famous for its research into molecular metabolism and have an entire centre for eating disorders. They also have a centre for anxiety and psychiatric problems of young children and adolescents. It is a very advanced institution with specific knowledge applicable to the little girl’s case. They have done some advanced scientific work in the area of food intolerances as well.
Odense University Hospital, from Wikipedia
“Odense University Hospital (OUH) is the largest and most specialized hospital in Southern Denmark. In terms of beds it is also the largest hospital unit in the whole country.
OUH is both Odense’s and Fyn’s largest single site (Odense Municipality employs significantly more, but they are spread over many addresses). It has an operating budget of just under 3.5 billion. DKK (2006) and employs 7,700 staff, equivalent to 6,100 full time employees. Until 2007 was the hospital operated by Funen, but since structures, it has been driven by the Region of Southern Denmark.
OUH acts as a local and acute hospital in the northern part of Fyn, but takes patients from all over Denmark, as it has land features within hand surgery replantationer and special neuro-radiological intervention. In addition to reading Driver OUH an extensive research activity, and annually trained 2,500 people as part of either basic or continuing education…”
A Department of Endocrinology & Center for Eating Disorders are located at the hospital and there are a number of high level research projects being conducted there.
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