Disabled girl forced to wash in paddling pool

A nine-year-old Craigavon girl battling a debilitating disease is having to wash in a paddling pool in her living-room while her family wait to move into a suitable home.

Young Hannah Shortall’s family were promised a purpose-built property by the Housing Executive two years ago, but it is still not ready.

Kelly Shortall, Hannah’s mother says it’s heartbreaking to see her daughter suffering.

She said: “You just want her to be able to have a normal childhood, the same as everybody else.

“It just hurts you to see her struggling. You want to make everything easy for her, she’s already going through an awful lot for a child of her age.”

Hannah, who is suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, needs a specially-adapted home with a downstairs bedroom and wet room. However the family currently live in a two-storey house and their only option is to use their living room as a make do bedroom and bathroom.

Hannah’s father Brendan says they were forced to make the decision after he lost his footing carrying his daughter up to her bedroom.

He said: “One day I was taking her up the stairs and I sort of slipped. Hannah didn’t get hurt, but after that I just took everything down. Hannah’s bedroom is in here, in the living-room, and we’re in the dining room.”

The Housing Executive has apologised for the delay and in a statement said it was committed to providing the proper long-term solution to the family’s housing needs.

Source: https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2018-04-27/disabled-girl-forced-to-bathe-in-paddling-pool/

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