Sydney man with Alzheimer’s rescued after spending four days in Wahroonga bushland
Incredible moment a man with Alzheimer’s is found who disappeared four days ago – as his rescuer reveals the uncomfortable place he was discovered
- Sydney man Ronald Weaver, 79, went missing in Wahroonga on Tuesday
- Four days later he was found not far from the SES headquarters
- Up to 100 volunteers searched dense bushland for older men
- He is expected to make a full recovery after nearly 100 hours in the bush
An elderly man suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease was miraculously rescued by volunteers four days after he disappeared in the bushveld.
Ronald Weaver, 79, went missing in Wahroonga, north Sydney, on Tuesday, prompting a major search and an emotional call for help from his wife.
Miraculously, he was found just a few hundred yards from his local SES headquarters near North Wahroonga around 11:30 a.m. Friday.
A NSW State Emergency Service volunteer had spotted Mr Weaver wedged between the trunks of two large trees – nearly 100 hours after he went missing.
In footage of the rescue, police officers can be heard comforting the 79-year-old as he is placed on a stretcher and taken to safety.
A 79-year-old man suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease was miraculously rescued just a few hundred yards from local SES headquarters after disappearing into bushveld four days ago
Volunteer Andy Kelsey was just hours after his first search when he made the lucky discovery.
“I was incredibly lucky and I was with a group of guys who had been here for three days, I’m here for two and a half hours and I found the guy,” he said.
“I just saw him out of the corner of my eye, just like a little shape over in the tree, and thought that looked a little weird.”
Mr Weaver was freed from the logs and treated by NSW paramedics.
He was taken to hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
“He was in good spirits and showing signs and was able to hold rescuers’ hands at that point,” Acting Superintendent Carlene Mahoney said.
“When I had to speak to him, I said, ‘Hello, how are you,’ and he was pretty clear.
“He was relieved and delighted.”
Ronald Weaver (pictured), 79, was freed and treated at the scene by NSW paramedics. He was taken to hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery
Ronald Weaver was spotted stuck in a tree fork by SES volunteer Andy Kelsey (right) around 11.30am Friday morning
The rescue comes a day after his wife Hannah emotionally asked residents for help finding her “lovely husband.”
“He’s a good person, even though he has Alzheimer’s I believe he still deserves quality of life,” she said.
“Please, please help find Ron. Please go to social media to find and remember his face.
His wife Hannah (pictured) made an emotional appeal to the public at a news conference on Thursday to help find her husband
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