An Islington mum is begging the council to help bring her severely autistic son home after alleged abuse in psychiatric institutions around the UK left him bloodied and bruised.
Stephen Andrade, 22, but with a mental age of eight, says that all he wants is to live with his mum in Islington. He screams and clings to her every time she leaves him, begging “Mummy, Ste go home.” He has spent the past four years in psychiatric institutions after being sectioned for his own safety.
His mother, 53-year-old Leo, has been fighting every day for those past four years to bring him home. She claims her son does not have a psychiatric illness and has not been diagnosed as mentally unstable or violent, yet he spends every day dosed up on eight different antipsychotic drugs because of his severe autism.
Stephen is semi-verbal, and when agitated will smash his head against walls. He wears a soft-padded helmet to try to protect himself. But, the best way to protect him, according to his mum, is to bring him home.
Leo says that after two years of constant battles with Islington council, she won the right for Stephen to be transferred to a different hospital. She thought her son’s ordeal was over but it had just begun.
“Islington were not on my side. They would not let Stephen stay in a residential home back here as they said they could not find someone for his needs. But I had to get him out of there, so they agreed to transfer him to another hospital in Clacton-on-Sea. He doesn’t need a hospital. He needs his own house with carers.”
Islington Council had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.
Leo urges readers to sign her the petition, which can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/nhs-islington-bring-my-son-stephen-home-care-for-him-in-our-community-bringstephenhome.