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Thieves steal diabetic's cash

PUBLISHED: 17:14 29 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:12 03 March 2010

A DIABETIC grandfather has condemned the thieves who stole cash and his groceries when he fell into a coma.

Keith Evans, 59, was walking into Ipswich Town Centre after a dental appointment and felt unwell.

A DIABETIC grandfather has condemned the thieves who stole cash and his groceries when he fell into a coma.

Keith Evans, 59, was walking into Ipswich Town Centre after a dental appointment and felt unwell.

He stumbled to a bench outside the Great White Horse pub and suddenly fell into a hypoglycemic coma.

The former hospital technician from Cromarty Road, Ipswich, called for help as he fell in and out of consciousness but no one helped him.

Diabetes sufferers fall into a hypoglycemic coma and lose consciousness quickly when their blood glucose levels fall significantly below normal.

He came round more than an hour and a half later, but his shopping bags had been stolen and £5 of change which was in his hands.

The father-of-two said: "I feel really cross but it's the society we live in today. "As I kept going under I said 'Please help me' and 'I need police or an ambulance' but no-one came," he said.

"When I came round I thought where's my money. I felt in my pocket but it was not there and nor was my shopping. Luckily, I just had enough to get the bus home," he added.

Father-of-two Mr Evans suffers from brittle diabetes, which is difficult to control because his blood sugar level fluctuates so rapidly.

He suffered a stroke four years ago, which aggravates the condition and receives 24-hour home care from his wife.

Mrs Evans said: "My daughter came home from work and was just about to go back into her car and look down town when he appeared and told us what happened.

"I just feel so disillusioned with society that people don't care enough to help and that people can just come along and take what's not theirs," she added.

Mrs Evans said they contacted their local beat bobby about Wednesday's theft but were not concerned about the small amount that was stolen. "It's the fact that he needed help," she added.

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