http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/ ... exclusion1

David Forbes was 22. He had just moved out into his first flat; he had a job in a restaurant and a good group of friends. Then his mother had a heart attack.

Four years on, David sees little of his mates, has had to leave his job and spends most of his time back at home, working full-time as carer of his mother, Elizabeth Wood.

Mrs Wood suffered brain damage as a result of the heart attack and, now aged 48, needs someone to be with her 24 hours a day


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