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Torment for sick dad

PUBLISHED: 17:19 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

A 47-year-old widower is terrified that his children will be taken away because he is too ill to care for them, Sarah O Reilly. Loving dad Dennis Wilson, who lives in Wrottesley Road, Harlesden, is furious that social services will not provide him with he

A 47-year-old widower is terrified that his children will be taken away because he is too ill to care for them, Sarah O'Reilly.

Loving dad Dennis Wilson, who lives in Wrottesley Road, Harlesden, is furious that social services will not provide him with help to cook and clean for his three kids.

He was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder Guillian-Barré syndrome and spent a year and a half in hospital.

Mr Wilson said: "They're ready to take my children away but they're not ready to help look after them.

"It's stressing me out and it's stressing my children out. [They] don't get any holiday, they have to spend all their time with me."

Mr Wilson woke up in June 2007 unable to feel the left hand side of his body and the bed bound father asked for help around the house when he moved back home in January.

But nearly ten months later, he claims none has been forthcoming.

Mr Wilson his children Sharnae, nine, Stefan 12 and Shanice, 16, have to take care of their dad too and 'live on chips and takeaways.'

His son Stefan said: "When the nurses aren't here, and sometimes they don't show up, I have to go and help him and change him.

"Sometimes he calls in the night and I have to go and help him. If I wasn't there I'd worry about him."

Mr Wilson cannot walk or stand and only has slight movement in his hands.

Even making a phone call to fight for better treatment is difficult and his children have to help him to hold the receiver.

He is provided with two hours help in the morning, 45 minutes in the afternoon and one hour in the evening as well as a nurse for a night shift.

But he claims that for long periods during the day and evening he is left alone without a nurse.

His GP, Dr Adrian Richardson who works the Law Medical Group Practice in, Wrottesley Road, said: "I do (share his concerns). I've worked closely with the patient.

"The children are doing the best they can in a very difficult situation. He's fallen between two places, the discharge team and the community services.

"(The community services) thought well 'We've done the best we can and that's it.' But lots of things could be done for him.

"The children are at school, but I suspect that their dad is having to rely on them a lot more than he should. I would like some kind of assessment to be done. I wouldn't say that the community services have made a huge difference to his life."

A Brent Council spokesman said: "The council was already aware of the concerns raised by Mr Wilson. His allocated social worker had arranged for a meeting to take place to discuss a joint care package.

"We are aware of the problems he has been experiencing and are reviewing his case to see how support could be improved.


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