Mum and young son battling brain tumour forced to live in a dangerous, rat-infested building as council refuses to move them – The Sun

Mum and young son battling brain tumour forced to live in a dangerous, rat-infested building as council refuses to move them – The Sun

A BRAVE mum and her three-year-old son — who is suffering from a brain tumour — are being forced to live in a rat- infested building because the council refuses to rehome her.
Georgina Collins had to give up her job teaching maths to care for Oliver and this is the only property she could find that would accept her housing benefit.

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Georgina Collins and her three-year-old son Oliver are forced to live in a rat-infested building as the council won't rehome them
Her lad was diagnosed with a brain tumour 18 months ago and undergoes chemotherapy every week.
He has prolonged periods when he can’t fight infections — making these vermin close by a grave threat.
But, despite her pleas, and a letter from the oncology team at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital saying “urgent and suitable housing” was needed for Oliver, Richmond council in South-West London has not rehomed her.
Last night, politicians from both sides waded in to the row, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling her plight “totally unacceptable”.
Georgina, 28, says: “This one-bedroom flat is the only place I could find where the landlord would accept housing benefit.
“I am a single mother with a sick son and this is my only option.
“If he were to come in to contact with a rat, it could be fatal. We need help.
“If he were to come in to contact with a rat, it could be fatal. We need help.
“I started noticing droppings everywhere in October 2017. I told my landlord and pest control. They put traps and poison everywhere.
“In the boiler cupboard, I ended up catching what I thought was a mouse but pest control said it was a rat, due to the length of its tail.
If he were to come in to contact with a rat, it could be fatal. We need help.
Georgina Collins
“Christmas was dreadful. If I opened the door to the communal bin area, which is situated to the left of Oliver’s bedroom, there would be rats everywhere. Nobody should have rats where they live.
“I’ve got letters from medical professionals saying this property is not suitable for Oliver because of the high risk it potentially poses.
“I’ve given these letters to the council and nothing has changed. It makes me angry. I can’t sleep. My son is under-going chemotherapy to treat a brain tumour. I shouldn’t have to worry about rats.”
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