1. ITV Report

Trapped 79-year-old-woman survives six days by drinking water from fridge freezer box

Woman, 79, survives six days drinking water from fridge. Credit: PA

A 79-year-old woman managed to survive for six days by drinking water from a fridge freezer box after she became trapped in her flat.

She was struggling for money and had very little in her flat.

She only had one change of clothes, little bedding and no home comforts.

The ambulance crew and officers were upset by the way she was living – we had never seen anyone in such a sad state.

She was worried about bills she couldn’t afford.

She now gets visits from carers multiple times a day and is a lot happier. It was a good result in the end.

– Islington police officer Jo Morris, speaking to the Islington Tribune

The elderly woman lives alone in a flat in Holloway and could not get to her feet after she fell on her kitchen floor.

She clung to an oven for warmth and managed to open the fridge to melt water from the freezer box, according to the Islington Tribune.

Six days passed before a neighbour realised something when they heard banging coming from the flat.

We are providing care and support for this resident, and are very grateful to everyone who has helped her.

We are always sorry to hear about these sorts of situations, and work hard to try and stop this happening.

We encourage people to contact us if they feel they might need help or support, or have concerns about friends or neighbours. Our access and advice team can be contacted on 020 7527 2299.

– Islington Council health and wellbeing chief Councillor Janet Burgess

Police then forced entry and found the pensioner on the floor.

Officers told the newspaper that the woman had “slipped through the net”, according to police.

It appears she has no family, was not on the picked up by social services and did not have a GP.