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Community volunteer praised for life-saving action

A community volunteer has helped to save the life of an elderly man she has been delivering food to since the coronavirus crisis hit Swansea.

Aisha rayhanna Amer

Aisha rayhanna Amer has been making regular food drops at the pensioner's home and had chatted and got to know the man, even sourcing a replacement phone for him when his broke.

Last week she called to make a delivery but had no answer when she knocked at his door.

Determined he would not go hungry she went back the following day but again without success and on her third visit became so concerned that she called the police.

They gained access to the house with help from a relative and found him in his bedroom having suffered a suspected stroke.

He was rushed to hospital and is now in a stable condition but the outcome could have been more serious were it not for Aisha's vigilance.

She is volunteer with the Swansea Muslim Community Service who, working with the Swansea Mosque Foodbank and Swansea Council's Food Distribution Centre, has been delivering vital food supplies to vulnerable people across all sections of the community since coronavirus crisis began.

Aisha said: "I just knew something was wrong so I asked his neighbours if anyone had seen him and they said, once I mentioned it, that he had not been seen for three days.

"I was very worried, I saw my previous note was still there and so I phoned the police and asked if it was ok to look through the window and when I did I could see the DVD player was on but the screen was just flashing.

"The police were able to get hold of his nephew and together they got into the house and he was upstairs in the bedroom with his cat.

"He had been in the same position for three days and had possibly suffered a stroke. He was critical when he was taken away by ambulance but the update is that he is stable. I am very thankful for this."

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: "If Aisha had not been so diligent and had not returned to make sure this man was not going hungry then there could well have been a different outcome.

"I cannot praise Aisha enough and I would like to thank her and all the people in Swansea who are volunteering to help our vulnerable residents during this crisis.

"Community spirit is what makes Swansea the special place it is and Aisha typifies this."

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