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Dutch teen tethers self to protect others

January 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Dutch documentary on a mentally ill teen who's been tethered to wall is sparking outrage around the world.

The documentary features 18-year-old Brandon van Ingen, who has been institutionalized since he was 5.

He believes he is dangerous and uses a leash to tie himself to a wall every time a caretaker enters his room.

But his mother believes doctors have brainwashed him.

The hospital is refusing to comment, but in a statement doctors said they are working in accordance with Dutch law.

Now the health ministry in the Netherlands says it's re-examining the treatment of psychiatric patients.

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