A U.K. man who is partially paralyzed and has part of his head missing was reportedly told he is fit for work by the Department of Work Pensions.
Kenny Bailey, 50, reportedly suffered a massive stroke in June 2014 that left him paralyzed down one side of his body. During his hospitalization, a third of a skull was removed to ease the pressure on his brain.
"After my operation following the stroke, I was left with my head looking the way it does," the father-of-two said, according to The Sun. "I'm waiting for another operation to have a titanium plate fitted which will hopefully make it look more normal.”
Bailey also struggles with severe memory problems. He was collecting roughly $280 a week from the Department of Work Pensions but that allowance was recently cut to $168 a week, the Daily Mirror notes. The department also told Bailey that he was fit for work.
"I hate how I look,” Bailey said. “I'm so self conscious. I feel as though people are always staring at me."
"So to get this verdict that I'm fit to work is just another blow," he added, according to the Daily Mirror. "I want to work, but I'm physically incapable.
"I'd love to live a normal life again - there's nothing that would make me happier.
"I have some use in my right hand and that's about it. I can't play with my own daughter which absolutely breaks my heart.”
"The money is used to pay my bills and to buy my food,” Bailey said. "Now I am worried I won't be able to survive and will lose my home."
Bailey insisted that he is unfit for work. He said his poor mobility skills, bad limp and inability to concentrate will affect his ability to contribute in a working environment.
"I have to write all of my doctor's appointments down because I can never remember them,” Bailey explained. “I live in a specially adapted bungalow as my mobility is so poor.
"It is not fair, they are picking on the disabled again. I am going to appeal this decision."
Bailey, who is separated from his wife, took a work capability assessment in April, which found that he could "walk 200 yards unaided" and "get up from his chair." That’s when the department reportedly decided to cut his benefits.
The department also noted that Bailey’s mother had told them he had "gone to the shops" when they called his home.
"Work Capability Assessments help ensure that people get the level of support they need, rather than just writing them off on sickness benefits as happened in the past," a Department of Work Pensions spokesman said. "The decision on whether someone is well enough to work is taken following a thorough independent assessment, and after consideration of all the supporting evidence from the claimant's GP or medical specialist.
"A claimant who disagrees with the outcome of their assessment can appeal."