Disabled man forced to crawl out of ‘unsuitable’ home in heartbreaking footage
A mum has shared a heartbreaking video of her son with cerebral pasly crawling out of their ‘unsuitable’ home.
The clip shows Kenneth Murphy, who is also partially sighted, struggling to make his way out the door before slowly making his way down two concrete steps.
He then places himself into a wheelchair, with his fed up mum Angela saying she has "simply had enough of the situation".
She told the Daily Record: “What makes this harder is that I believe that there is a suitable adapted house available in Larkhall lying empty, yet Kenneth has to live like this.
“I have been offered alternatives but they don’t meet his needs.”
Describing her desperation at the situation, she explained: “I posted the video as I had simply had enough of the situation and hoped that the video would show the true reality of what Kenneth faces on a day-to-day basis.
“He is also partially sighted, so this makes it all the worse for him.”
Angela had been living in an adapted home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, but following a family bereavement, moved back to Larkhall.
She was forced to rent privately as she wanted to be close to family.
Since then no adapted accommodation has come available and she doesn’t want to sign a long-term lease in case one comes up.
But Angela says the council has refused to install a ramp in their rented home so her son Kenneth can get in and out of the house.
Angela said she has been blown away by the level of support she’s received since posting the clip last Friday.
She said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by the support that I have received from everyone who has shared and viewed it.
"I was not expecting anything like this and I am so grateful for everyone’s support.”
Larkhall Councillor Richard Nelson, of the Conservative Party, said he was stunned by the clip.
“I was shocked at the footage and immediately contacted Angela to discuss further her situation.
“I come from a nursing background and was immediately shocked as I have never seen anything like this before.
“I was taken aback with the limited input they have received from both social work and housing.
“This is a joint partnership and they are not meeting the needs of Kenny.
“No-one in this day and age should have to live like this, in my opinion.
“I have now written to both the heads of social work and housing and the chief executive and they have acknowledged that I have written to them all and I am currently awaiting an update.”
Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley ( SNP ) said: “The situation is clearly unacceptable and the council must do more to support Kenneth.
“I have written to the local authority and asked them to provide urgent assistance to the family.”
A South Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: “All service users are assessed based on their individual needs and, while it would not be appropriate to go into the details of individual cases, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to supporting this individual and we are in ongoing discussions with him and his family with regards to his long-term needs.
“The council are aware of Mr Murphy’s current housing application and provided advice to the family in December regarding progressing a re-assessment of their current medical priority points to improve their housing prospects.
"The local team have now made contact with Mr Murphy and his family again to arrange to meet with them this week to continue to provide any support and assistance in this matter.”
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