An appeal has been launched to find the family of a 91-year-old man dying in hospital with ‘no one in the world’.
Officers showed up at George Walker’s home in East Belfast after a neighbour’s niece reported the ‘smell of death’ through his letter box.
Kate Tanahill, who was visiting her aunt on Glenallen Street, made the call after realising George’s curtains had remained closed for days.
George, nicknamed Geordie, is deaf and was discovered sick and alone when police arrived.
She told Belfast Live: ‘I thought he was dead. He’s deaf so I banged on the door so hard I near put it down and there was nothing.’
Kate, from Dunmurry, is now his only visitor at Royal Victoria Hospital and has asked for the public’s help to find his loved ones before he takes his dying breath.
Geordie has lived in the flat alone for over 20 years without even as much as a house phone.
She does not know where he lived or worked before that.
Kate said police thought he may have been there for around four days, adding: ‘They found him in the living room and his blood sugar was zero. The wee police man said that if they hadn’t got to him that night he would have been dead.’
He has not gained his consciousness, but Kate said she could see a tear falling from his eye.
She said: ‘I took pyjamas up yesterday. He’s not on a drip, he’s not getting any food and he hasn’t regained consciousness. They are not doing his vitals any more. They are just wetting his mouth.’
Kate has vowed to keep visiting him at the hospital and agreed to be his next of kin, but she hopes to locate friends or family so they can say their final goodbyes.
Her aunt said Geordie never had visitors, but she hopes there is a ‘long lost’ niece of nephew somewhere, or just an old friend.
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