A hoarder pinned under piles of things needed to be rescued in Canada. On Jan. 15, Mail Online reported that a 76-year-old Canadian man spent two days trapped under piles of junk. A man called police and said that he had not heard from his relative in days. He was "severely dehydrated" when authorities responded to the concerned call.
"Officials who responded to the scene found the doorway and halls of the man's home blocked with mounds of rubbish requiring help from firefighters. Crews were forced to break down the door and clear a path with a chainsaw to reach the homeowner trapped inside. Police said there was no heat or electricity, and the elderly victim was severely dehydrated," Mail Online reported.
The hoarder pinned under piles of junk was said to be suffering from mental health issues. His home had floor-to-ceiling piles of things -- rubbish, debris, and boxes of junk. Every room on both floors of the man's home was covered with "stuff," much of it not sounding very valuable at all.
Many hoarders don't necessarily "collect" things but refuse to throw things away. It doesn't matter if it is trash or broken items, hoarders just keep piling things in their homes and it doesn't take long for things to get out of control. This condition is not something that is easily overcome either.
The hoarder pinned under piles of junk is expected to be okay. He may lose his leg as it was stuck under debris and lost circulation for days. Sadly, authorities admitted that if first responders didn't find him, he probably wouldn't have made it.
© Effie Orfanides 2013