People suffering from neurological conditions are in some cases being left alone in bed all day, unable to move, until a family member returns from work, ALS activist Bjorn Formosa has revealed.
“We are seeing cases of people with MS and ALS who are being left at home all day long while their husband goes to work, literally unable to move, waiting for someone to come home to help them,” Formosa said during an appearance on Lovin Daily.
“The situation is very worrying, but we are trying to tackle these problems, and the quicker we open Dar Bjorn 2, the quicker we would have made a step forward,” he said.
Formosa, who battles ALS himself, and his team at ALS Malta, are currently trying to reach their €5 million target to build Dar Bjorn 2, a home for patients with neurodegenerative conditions.
Formosa emphasised just how many people need this kind of help in 2020.
“The first Dar Bjorn only features 13 beds and as soon as one is available, we face a huge demand; it’s becoming impossible, and sometimes we’re forced to tell people that we can’t help them,” he said. “It’s a bit of a headache – the waiting list has surpassed 70 people, and those are just the ones contacting us… there are probably even more people and we have limited space.”
And as for Bjorn, who is dedicating his every waking moment to this project, he is keenly aware of his own personal condition, saying: “I’m hanging by a thread and I don’t know when it might snap”.
“We aren’t doing this as a hobby – this is a necessity that Malta needs. And with this project, we will be able to help so many more people.”
The first DAR Bjorn in Qormi was inaugurated on the 1st of November 2017. Funds to open the home were raised during a Xarabank telethon in March of the same year. The intensive care home was opened in record times thanks to a newly designed PSPP collaboration.Those who would like to pledge a donation or invest in the Newer & Bigger DAR Bjorn project can send an email to email@example.com or call us on 79209420 or visit www.darbjorn.comDonations can be made viaSMS to 50618936 – €6.99Telephone 51002017 – €20Or visit www.alsmalta.org
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Dar Bjorn 2 in Żebbuġ , which is set to be finished by 2022, will be fitted out with the latest in hi-tech assistance for people living with neurodegenerative diseases where they’ll be given 24/7 care, free of charge, over seven floors.
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