A SLEEP-DEPRIVED dad is fighting for a specialist bed in the hope that he will be able to get a much-need rest and care for his five-year-old son again.

Stephen Girvan, from Prestwick, fears he will die in his sleep. He claims to need more support when in a slumber because of his health and weight that is putting added pressure on his heart.

Twenty-nine stone Stephen says he has been having sleeping issues for the best part of seven months, and he is fighting for a new bed to improve his physical and mental health, which he hopes will allow him to be reunited with his son.

Stephen’s son, Cameron, currently lives with his mum in Glasgow, and a mutual agreement between the parents means that Stephen can’t see Cameron until his health improves.

Stephen said: “I’m absolutely desperate for a good night’s sleep because it’s driving me insane.

“I had an episode a few years ago and I’m desperate not to go back to that and get my life back on track so I can improve my health and see my son again. I’m sure a hospital-type bed is what I need for someone my size and I’m certain this would help me.

“I really want to see my son, because this whole thing is having a negative impact on my mental health as well.”

Stephen said that occupational therapists would not recommend him for a hospital bed because he is still able to get in and out of bed, which is forcing him to try and get the bed privately.

He has been offered a number of aids by occupational therapists and nurses, none of which have helped.

He added: “They have offered me things to help but I’ve tried them and none of them have worked. I’ve said I would return everything else I’ve had over the last few months in exchange for this bed that I know would make a difference.

“I’ve spent some of my own money to try and help my situation but these beds are well outwith my price range so I’m not sure what else I can do in that regard.

“I looked at a second hand bed and it was two-and-a-half grand, so I can’t afford that. I’m up all night most nights and it really is starting to get to me. I’m afraid that with all the pressure on my heart, because I can’t stay in a position for too long, that it will ultimately lead to me having a heart attack and dying.

“I have sores and dressings over my body because of the positions I lie in and sit in.

“My heart needs a rest and I have tried my best to get a decent bed as this is where the start of my recovery would be. But I have failed to get one suitable for my weight and size and needs.“I don’t know how someone my size and health wouldn’t qualify for this kind of support.”

A spokesperson for NHS Ayrshire and Arran said they cannot comment on “NHS Ayrshire & Arran cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

They added: “Clinical team teams regularly assess the needs of their patients to ensure that they have access to the right supports and aids for their condition. We would encourage anyone with any concerns about the care or treatment provided to contact us directly.”