Frail grandmother with Alzheimer’s is rescued after being found CHAINED to a door frame to stop her wandering away in Thailand.
An 83-year-old woman with dementia has been rescued from her own family, after neighbours found her chained to a doorway in in Chachoengsao, Thailand.
The woman, known only as Grandma Chuam, had been locked up by the ankles by her step-sister to stop her from wandering off and getting lost.
The abuse was discovered when the step-sister asked a neighbour to go and check on Grandma Chuam, and found her in pain with the rusty chain digging into her leg.
Neighbour Chang Neung was shocked to find the frail woman such a state, and fetched a circular saw to free her.
Video footage shows the elderly woman sat on the concrete ground, bleeding from her leg where the rusty metal has cut through her skin.
Authorities arrived and questioned Chuam and her step-sister Wimol, 65, over the apparent cruelty, but the latter explained that they had done it out of worry for the elderly woman’s safety.
As Chuam lived alone with no children to look after her, it had fallen on Wimol, who lived nearby, to care for her.
The stepsister told authorities that Chaum had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and has wandered away several times previously.
She was worried her sister would be injured and that the family had recently found her sitting alone in a rice field during rain storms.
Local officials treated the pensioner to a hamper with food and medical supplies while pledging to monitor her.
District chief Thitirat Sangngam said: ‘This is a sad situation for Grandma Chuam and we will provide assistance.
‘The local government funds can be used to secure the house to prevent the lady from walking away and putting herself at risk.
‘Staff and volunteers will continue to ensure she is safe.’ – Mailonline
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