news.com.au: “Wheelchair-bound man left halfway up Mount Snowdon” [via whooz_queen]
A wheelchair-bound man suffered mild exposure after being abandoned halfway up a mountain by a group of charity climbers who gave up carrying him.
The 31-year-old man was left sitting on the steep and rocky Llanberis Path by the rest of his party of six, who were martial artists on a charity climb of Mount Snowdon in North Wales, the TimesOnline reports.
“The poor bloke was sitting there in his wheelchair for quite a while,” climber Dave Morrell, who witnessed the incident, told the TimesOnline. “It was a bit mean of them to leave him there while they carried on to the top. But other climbers went over to talk to him. He was just getting very cold.”
The man was met by his party during their descent but they pleaded exhaustion and called out a rescue team to carry him down. […]
The rescue team said the call-out could have been avoided if the party had turned around with the wheelchair instead of continuing the ascent.
For background, groups assisting wheelchair users to climb Mount Snowdon is a regular occurrence – for example, the Snowdon Push is an event run by the Back-Up Trust, an sporting, activities, rehab, and youth organisation for people with spinal injuries.
The comments section has a few sensible people, but some awful, awful comments:
While this is very sad its about time people in the wheelchairs stop running around after cheap publicity .. it is unfortunate but they are incapacited .. Stay at home and deal with it !! Dont try to prove you are superhero !!!
While it’s unfortunate that the other climbers carried on without him, what in god’s name possessed a wheelchair person to attempt a mountain climb, and then expect fellow clombers to carry him all the way up? Dosen’t that defeat the purpose in climbing the mountain in the first place??
Where can be the pride of an individual who must be carried or pushed to extreme goals in which others must provide the actual work? I think it is quite selfish of the handicapped to attain their goals on the shoulders of others.
The second link for today comes from the Hucknall Dispatch in the UK: “Disabled woman (77) stranded in flat for SIX weeks“:
A disabled pensioner was marooned in her Hucknall flat for SIX WEEKS – and has now been barred from using her mobility scooter.
Evelyn Roussel says she has been “stripped of her independence” in a series of rows centred on the flat.
She has lived for eight years at the Titchfield Court warden-aided complex, off Watnall Road, run by Ashfield Homes on behalf of Ashfield District Council. The 77-year-old is crippled by osteoarthritis and cannot walk more than a few yards. She relies on a mobility scooter to get around.
But she was left stranded in her flat while a lift was replaced at the complex. She couldn’t even get her scooter out of the building to visit local shops and had to rely on her daughter, Celia Roussel, to carry out day-to-day errands.
Worse was to follow because, after the lift was repaired, she was told that the scooter could not be used in it because of a problem with “weight distribution”.
Now, in another twist, she says she has been given until Tuesday October 20 to get rid of the scooter altogether and is not even allowed to store it on the ground floor. It is claimed the scooter could be a health and safety hazard.
Evelyn told the Dispatch: “To say I am annoyed about this would be very mild. I feel it is so unfair. I feel like I am being penalised because I am less mobile than other people. Of all the people in the complex, I am usually one of the most independent. When I have my scooter, I can do everything myself. But without it, I would be stuck.”
Evelyn has used a mobility scooter for about 11 years. She says it has never been a problem at the complex before. […]