A MAN paralysed in a freak accident says family life has become a miserable ordeal as he struggles to find a suitable home.
Father-of-four Carl Nye, 36, suffered massive injury to his spinal cord after falling forward from a chair at a neighbour’s house in Southall in April this year. He has been paralysed from the waist down since and needs a wheelchair to get around.
But he says he has been locked in a struggle with Ealing Council to get the right kind of housing for himself and his family, who currently live in two bedroom council maisonette in Southall.
Mr Nye, currently undergoing rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire said: “This has all had a massive impact on my family. Because of my injury, my home has been assessed as not suitable for my current needs as it can’t be accessed by wheelchair.
“I have therefore been unable to spend proper time with my wife and kids in six months, and I don’t have a suitable property to be discharged from hospital to. This is having a significant impact on my children’s well-being.”
Mr Nye said he has been able to spend the occasional weekend at home, but only with a bed, washing bowl and toilet in the lounge. He said: “I do not want my children or friends exposed to the sight of me having to use a commode for bowel care in the lounge. This is not fair on them or me.”
Medical staff have told Mr Nye that it is possible he may be able to walk again, but only with a huge amount of physiotherapy, which could take years. He said he is due to be discharged from hospital on November 2.
“I just feel like the council aren’t doing enough to help me. I want to be able to play with my children and start my family life again as soon as possible.”
A spokesperson for Ealing Council said: “We agree that Mr Nye has an urgent need to move for medical reasons and have recently increased his priority banding to advance his transfer and to reflect his urgent need. We have suggested adapting his present home for wheelchair use, but Mr Nye and his family would prefer to move.
“My Nye registered for a transfer on the 24 August this year and is a priority candidate. We fully appreciate his need for greater independence and mobility and are working hard to find him an alternative and suitable home as soon as possible. “