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Northern Ireland taxi driver helps reunite dementia sufferer with family

Police said their dementia training had proved valuable / Credit: PSNI
Police said their dementia training had proved valuable / Credit: PSNI

A Londonderry taxi driver has gone beyond the call of duty to reunite a woman suffering with dementia with her family.

The driver stepped in after his passenger was unable to remember how to get home.

Wriiting on Sunday on the PSNI Foyle Facebook page, a PSNI spokesperson said it was "another great story" to come out of the city's Foyle Maritime Festival.

"Taxi pulled up to the station as we were cycling out of the gate," wrote the spokesperson.

"Lovely older lady in the back suffering with dementia with no idea how to get home," the said.

"Taxi man with kindness and patience without limits drove her round before having to come to us. With our combined skills we managed to get hold of a daughter. Our taxi hero drove her over to a waiting Sunday lunch.

"When I mentioned the income he has lost he dismissed me instantly saying that he couldn’t consider leaving her and that he hoped someone would treat his mother the same."

Just started the 13 hour Foyle Maritime Festival shift and already have Another great story from the City. Taxi 🚕...

Posted by PSNI Foyle on Sunday, July 22, 2018

The spokesperson added the PSNI's dementia training had been put to good use in dealing with the incident.

Dementia affects around 19,000 people in Northern Ireland, with that number expected to rise to 60,000 by 2051.

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