Birth of Doctor Erik Adolf Von Willebrand
(The Founding Doctor)
Birth of Hjordis Dorothea Sundblom
(The first investigated patient)
Doctor Von Willebrand consults 5 year old Hjordis Sundblom in attempt to treat her symptoms
His investigation begins
First publication on ‘Hereditary Pseudohemophilia’ by Doctor Von Willebrand recognising the condition
Dr Von Willebrand studied 66 members of the Sundblom family
Death of Hjordis Sundblom at 13 years old due to excessive blood loss from her period
Death of Dr Von Willebrand at 79 years old
Doctor Inga Nilsson of Malmo isolates Von Willebrand Factor from the Factor 8 protein in her laboratory, naming it after Dr Von Willebrand.
The Von Willebrand Disease Global Community was founded
In memory of Hjordis Sunblom, the first ever documented patient with the condition, on her birthday
World Von Willebrand Disease Day!
In memory of Doctor Erik Von Willebrand, the founder of the condition on his birthday
REFERENCES: Third Åland islands conference on von Willebrand disease, 26–28 September 2012: meeting report E. BERNTORP, Erik von Willebrand R. LASSILA and O. LINDBERG*