Marilyn and Philip Barker
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Disabled family in stairlift row

A Teesside woman has described as "barbaric and humiliating" a decision by health bosses to remove a stairlift used by her severely disabled son.

Marilyn Barker, from Billingham, says she is now forced to make a daily trip to a nearby leisure centre so her son Philip can have a shower.

Health bosses, who say they are trying to find a solution to the family's needs, removed the stairlift amid concerns Mr Barber, who has autism and epilepsy, could injure himself.

But Mrs Barker says she is now considering selling her home because of the "unbearable" situation.

Look North's Stuart Whincup reports.

  • 14 Mar 2014
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