An army veteran has died after spending 52 years at the same NHS hospital, the longest stay of any patient in the UK.
James Morris was admitted to hospital with a broken nose and femur in 1962, but suffered a cardiac arrest on the operating table, which left him disabled.
Morris, who died on Easter Sunday aged 75, is thought to have spent the longest time in a single hospital across the NHS.
He was just 21 years old and serving in the Scottish Rifle regiment, the Cameronians in Germany, when he was injured in a car crash.
Despite only breaking his nose and thigh bone in the initial crash, he was sent back to Scotland.
There, he suffered damage during the operation to fix his broken leg, and part of his brain shut down.
Morris was moved to Wester Moffat Hospital, run by NHS Lanarkshire, where he remained for what is believed to be a record-breaking 52 years.
His brother Karl Morris, 62, said he was shocked to learn that no one had been in hospital longer than James.
Karl from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, said: “Over the years we found a way to communicate with him. He was all there mentally but couldn’t communicate with us at all.
“He only ever learned how to say three words again — his three loves — ‘home’, ‘ pub ’ and ‘horses’.
“We often took him on holidays in Britain and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they would even take him there now and again.”
He also praised the staff that looked after his brother for 54 years.
He said: “Everyone at the hospital was outstanding, to care for a man throughout his entire life is quite something and we couldn’t be more grateful to the NHS.
“It was a place for young disabled people and over the years I’ve seen countless patients and staff come and go.
“We made sure he got out over the years to live as fulfilling a life as possible and even right up to the week before he died we brought him home to visit.
“When my mum died we carried on doing what she did and visited him at the hospital regularly.
“He was mentally all there but just didn’t have any control over his body so we took him on holidays and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they’d often take him.
“The staff were unbelievable and because James was a mad lover of Elvis they even organised special nights which he enjoyed.”
Helen Ryan, senior charge nurse at Wester Moffat, said: “Our condolences are with Jimmy’s family at this time.
“Having spent such an extraordinary long time at the hospital, Jimmy touched the lives of many; he was a good confidant and a great character and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the Heather Ward.”
An NHS spokesperson said they were not aware of anyone having spent longer than that in an NHS hospital.
Source: U.K News,Yahoo