Council Refuse Elderly Man a Stairlift

Council shamed over disabled great-grandfather crawling up stairs – because they won’t fit a stairlift

A shocking video has emerged after a council refuse elderly man a stairlift in his home. The video shows a great-grandfather climbing upstairs on his hands and knees.

Gordon Fraser, 73, suffers a neurological condition called torsion dystonia. This is caused by a defect in a protein called Torsin A. A mutation in the DYT1 gene causes the loss of an amino acid, glutamic acid, in the Torsin A protein. The defective protein creates a disruption in communication in neurons that control muscle movement and muscle control.

He has fallen downstairs three times since he moved in with his daughter in Dundee after the death of his wife in January.

Health and Safety ‘hazard’

But despite his family’s request for a stairlift, Dundee City Council has allegedly refused to install one in the home. The council purportedly decided that a stairlift would be a health and safety hazard all because he shares a home with his young grandson.

Gordon’s daughter Lucy, 39, of Craigmore Street in Kirkton, Dundee, said she had posted the video as a desperate last resort to try to get help for her father.

She said she had been trying for months to get a stairlift installed at the property to enable her father to get up and down the stairs without difficulty. But all her requests had been denied.

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