Prisoner in her own bed

Marjorie Jones
Marjorie Jones

A WIGAN cancer sufferer has described the nightmare of becoming a prisoner in her own bed after her weight ballooned to 40 stone.

Marjorie Jones, of St Patrick’s Way, Scholes is bedridden and has to call emergency services if she needs to move, because of a series of medical conditions.

The 61-year-old suffers with lymphedema, which causes her legs to swell from fluid retention, along with cervical cancer and heart problems.

Up until last year, the mum-of-four was mobile and was able to move around the house unaided.

As her cancer has got worse, Marjorie’s weight has increased, making it increasingly difficult to get out of bed to go to the toilet, or even have a wash.

But now Marjorie, who regularly has to call out the emergency services to help move her, says she has been denied home care to help get her washed, and a suitable bed.

Marjorie said: “I just feel abandoned and upset at being told I can’t have home help. I was given a bariatric bed but it wasn’t suitable for me, I kept cutting my legs on the side every time I tried to get out of bed.

“My legs are so big because of lymphedema, and because I can’t move often, my skin is very delicate and sore, so it cuts easily.

“I was told I couldn’t have anything else and there was no home care available for me because I have my children to help me. But they need help to look after me.

“I can lie here for up to five days and not be moved and have, at times, had to soil the bed and sit in it for hours until somebody came to help me.”

The emergency services were called to Marjorie’s home up to six times in one week but the last time she needed help, fire services refused to attend.

The Ince woman also says she has not been able to have a recent cancer screening to see if the disease has spread, due to her weight issues.

Marjorie added: “If I had some help I wouldn’t have to keep ringing the emergency services. I know they are busy and I don’t like troubling anybody but I need some assistance – I’m just trapped in my own bed.

“I know what people will think when they look at me and see my size, but it is down to my illness.

“I feel my treatment is less than that of somebody who would be an average weight because I am so heavy.”

A spokesman on behalf of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust and Wigan Council, said: “We cannot comment on individual cases for reasons of patient confidentiality, but we can give a reassurance that all the agencies involved have been working closely together for a number of years and continue to do so.

“With regards to the process, health and social care workers work together to carry out regular assessments of both an individual’s and their carer’s needs.

“These assessments will involve discussions with individuals, their carers and will often recommend a variety of aids, equipment and care packages to ensure that care can be provided safely in an individual’s own home.

“Individuals and carers are free to decline any equipment which is offered as a result, but are advised that this is likely to impact on the package of care that can be provided.

“Any decisions made will consider whether providing any element of care will be safe for the individual, their carer and our staff.”