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Disabled man trapped in his house because he can’t get a bigger door

Man trapped in his own home because housing association won't make his door bigger
Darren Burns, 48, says all he desires to do is sit in his backyard (Picture: Grimsby Telegraph / MEN Media)

A disabled man who weights nearly 30 stone, says he has gone into a ‘deep state of anxiousness and despair’ after a housing firm refused to suit a bigger door so he can get out.

Darren Burns, 48, fears that if a hearth had been to interrupt out, he may turn into trapped, after the housing affiliation refused to make the again door to his backyard bigger.

Darren is overweight because a lifelong hip dysfunction has lowered his mobility.

He was additionally identified with arthritis on the age of 13, and his situation deteriorated after he was concerned in a car crash two-and-a-half years in the past, leaving him wheelchair-bound.

Darren says that being unable to go to his backyard, has made his life a distress and that he appears like a prisoner in his own residence.

He moved into the property in March final yr after being made homeless.

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To accommodate his wants, Lincolnshire Housing Partnership (LHP), which owns the property, widened the entrance and inside doorways.

Man trapped in his own home because housing association won't make his door bigger
Darren, 48, is overweight because of a life-long hip dysfunction that impacts mobility and has suffered from arthritis because the age of 13 (Picture: Grimsby Telegraph / MEN Media)

However, the again door, stays inaccessible for Darren, which means he can’t go and sit in his backyard.

LHP say they carried out their very own formal unbiased investigation and got here to the conclusion that it was pointless to make changes to the rear of the property.

Darren was informed that the authority are solely accountable for ‘providing one exit’, which he has described as a lottery, after discovering ‘some people get two’.

He stated: ‘If there’s a hearth on the entrance of the house and that’s blocked, the hearth service stated they’d have problem getting me out because I’m a massive guy.

Man trapped in his own home because housing association won't make his door bigger
Darren Burns desires LHP to suit him a wider door on the rear of his dwelling so he can use his backyard (Picture: Grimsby Telegraph / MEN Media)

‘All I wished was to get settled and sorted out.

‘They made the house 90 per cent perfect, but what they didn’t do was a door entry system and I’m doubly incontinent so if I have to let somebody in of a night time I won’t be in the very best state.’

Darren is attempting to desperately drop some weight and says he’s misplaced 50 kilos since taking remedy to deal with his diabetes after he was identified final yr.

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He says he appears like he’s being discriminated because of his weight and admits that, if he had one other incapacity, he could have been given a larger precedence.

He says that not having the ability to get recent air is making his melancholy worse and that too many organisations wish to ‘fat shame him’ somewhat than wanting to assist.

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A spokesperson from LHP stated they’d launched their very own investigation since changing into conscious of Darren’s state of affairs.

They stated: ‘LHP determined to launch its personal formal unbiased investigation to make sure that its plan of action and motion of workers had been passable, and this was carried out by a extremely skilled unbiased assessor.

‘A further independent fire safety assessment has also been carried out to address the customer’s considerations concerning hearth security; in specific the rear entry and once more no additional adaptions had been recognized as crucial.

‘With regards to the door entry system: a system that’s extensively utilized by LHP was supplied to the client, however they deemed it to not be passable for his or her particular wants. In such circumstances, LHP is completely happy for purchasers to make their very own particular person preparations.

‘We value all our customer feedback, and aim to support all our customers, particularly those with disabilities, to ensure that they have a home that is suitable for their needs.’

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