A Dundee wheelchair user has said she has become “trapped” in her own home and claims she has been waiting five years for a new council house.
Carol McPherson, 43, has lived in her flat in Fullerton Street for more than 17 years.
She was diagnosed with a crumbling spine condition over 10 years ago.
The former Harris Academy pupil is now dependent on carers to help her get dressed and washed in her one-bedroom flat.
Speaking to the Tele she said she currently uses a hospital bed in her property to help her sleep through the pain.
She said she has the full medical points available to help her to secure a move to more suitable accommodation, and had for the last two years.
Her situation took a devastating twist after she suffered stroke-like symptoms in November last year.
As a result she has no feeling down the left hand side of her body leaving her heavily reliant on a wheelchair.
She said: “Prior to what happened to me in November I needed an extra bedroom to provide accommodation for a carer. I can’t wash, change myself or prepare my own meals as my spine is crumbling and I have arthritis.
“I am constantly phoning the council in connection with this.
“I have had the full medical points available to me for the last two years.
“I have also been in contact with my MSP Joe FitzPatrick regarding my situation.
“My fear is now that I am essentially wheelchair-bound and wouldn’t be able to leave my home.
“Through the help of a carer or the nurse I am able to tackle the four stairs up to my property.
“It could take me five minutes to get up those stairs. I have fallen countless times.
“I’m basically trapped in my home. My biggest fear is that if there was to be a fire in the block I would struggle to get out.”
Dundee City Council spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on individual cases.
She added: “Information on our Housing Allocation Policy is available online.”