"Let me die here" Blind Scot with six months to live begs to stay in family home as eviction looms
12.02.2024 - 07:19
A dying man is pleading to be allowed to spend his last months in his family home after he was hit with an eviction order. James Montague faces being kicked out of his house – despite having just six months to live.
And the housebound 58-year-old, who is blind and suffers from stage six kidney failure, pleaded to be allowed to die there. James, has been informed he will be forcibly taken from his home in Motherwell today because of a tenancy wrangle.
Supporters are expected to protest against the eviction, which comes despite a medic saying it will be “practically impossible” to safely move James. He was brought up in the house in Millfield Avenue before moving to a flat nearby.
But he moved in with his mum Margaret and dad Patrick, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, to help care for them in 2017. His mother died in 2021 and his father passed away in 2022.
James soon fell ill himself, losing his sight and suffering chronic problems including neuropathy, diabetes and ulcerative colitis as well as chronic kidney failure. He has also been diagnosed with severe mental health issues. That meant he could not return to his own flat.
James said: “My family has been in the house for more than 60 years and all I am asking is that I am allowed to die here. If I had known how my health was going to go, I would have taken care of all the administration.
"But things have been chaotic and the tenancy was not transferred to me. I’m basically asking for some compassion from North Lanarkshire Council so I can see out my last months.”
James said he kept a tenancy for a housing association flat because it was his intention to move back in. His health issues overtook him and he was unable to. He claims he signed a form to transfer the tenancy of his
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