Housing problems for youngster with brain injury

Emma Ross suffered cardiac arrest in the playground and is having to be cared for in a respite centre away from her family as her home is not accessible.

Her parents are so desperate to be reunited with the 10-year-old that they have offered their privately owned home in exchange for a suitable property from Dumfries and Golloway Council. The council have said they will adapt the family’s house but Emma’s parents say it isn’t big enough to be extended to suit her needs. Her Mum Robyn said: “There’s nowhere else Emma should be but with us. "I should be the one caring for my daughter, tucking her in at night and comforting her, not the nurses. “We just want to be a family again under the same roof. Emma is a ticking timebomb and every day is precious. “We were offered a house in Annan but that’s too far from the hospital in an emergency.” A council spokeswoman said they are treating Emma’s case as a priority, adding: “We don’t have any housing but we are working with housing forums to try to source suitable accommodation. “We will continue to work with our partners and Emma’s parents to find a solution.” Lindsay has also approached Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown for help. He said: “I know a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to find a solution. “The most important thing is that Emma is able to return home to her family and to a property that fully meets her needs.” Read the full story. 
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