Amputee desperate for a lift

A WHEELCHAIR-bound man who had his leg amputated after being struck down by the superbug MRSA says he feels like a prisoner in his own home. Ray Clapp, aged 53, who lives with his wife Margaret in a bungalow in Kewstoke, has waited more than six weeks fo

A WHEELCHAIR-bound man who had his leg amputated after being struck down by the superbug MRSA says he feels like a prisoner in his own home. Ray Clapp, aged 53, who lives with his wife Margaret in a bungalow in Kewstoke, has waited more than six weeks for North Somerset Council to fit a steplift to the front of his house. Mrs Clapp, aged 49, recently hurt her back while pushing her 15-stone husband up a makeshift ramp the council installed at their home in Lower Norton Lane.The Clapps, formerly of Argyle Avenue, Weston, moved to Kewstoke because it was not possible to install a stairlift at their old house.Mr Clapp said: "It is very frustrating. The council says we are top of the list but nothing has happened for over six weeks now."We've had people from the council come to take photographs about five times but it feels like we are getting nowhere."Mr Clapp caught MRSA at Weston General Hospital in 2004 and had his leg amputated the following year and began to use a prosthetic limb.The couple have been in the bungalow since September 2006 but Mr Clapp has recently been told not use his artificial leg as he was experiencing discomfort.A council spokesman said: "It has been discovered that a ramp is not suitable and so an application has been made for a grant to pay for a more expensive steplift."There is money available but it depends how people are prioritised. We are waiting for an estimate and no deadline has been agreed but we are working on this as quickly as we can.


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