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'I'm a prisoner in my own home', says Blackburn man
A PENSIONER said he had contemplated suicide after becoming a ‘prisoner in his own home’ due to health problems.
Adam Mohammed, 70, moved into his Twin Valley Homes one-bedroom flat in Keele Walk, Blackburn, in February.
But with 14 steps leading up to the front door and a step and a big drop in the back, he is unable to leave his home unaided.
Mr Mohammed said he had been to hospital in May when he fell down the stairs.
He said: “I was taken away on a spinal board after injuring my neck, ribs and leg. The man next door and his wife found me on the floor at the bottom of the steps.”
Mr Mohammed has been a Twin Valley Homes tenant for seven years.
He previously lived at Shearwater Drive but requested a move from there because cobbles around the flat made it difficult for him to walk.
He said he had been moved to Keele Walk and led to believe he would be there just four months.
He said: “That was five months ago now and I haven’t heard a word.
“It is very depressing. I have even thought about doing myself in.”
Mr Mohammed, who is originally from Scotland and converted to Islam a few years ago, said he had lived in Blackburn for about 25 years.
In a letter to Twin Valley Homes, Mr Mohammed’s GP Dr Nagpal, of The Surgery in William Hopwood Street, said: “This is to confirm that Mr Adam Mohammed suffers from multiple health problems including hip pain, vertigo, type two diabetes mellitus, hypertension, asthma, depression and arthritis of the spine.
“I fully support his application as his mobility has become much worse recently to the extent he has now to use a wheelchair.
“He tells me he feels like a prisoner in his current home due to his inability to move around freely.”
Ian Bell, Head of Twin Valley Homes, denied the move was intended to be temporary.
He said: “His move to this property was not a temporary arrangement.
“His circumstances are being reviewed in view of his increasing mobility problems.”
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