BBC Breakfast viewers were left infuriated after learning the story of a man who has been held in a secure hospital for 21 年.
Over two decades ago, Tony Hickmott was sectioned after he had a mental health crisis and, despite a long fight by his family, he has not been released since.
But last year, a judge criticised his detention, telling authorities to find a home near his parents, 在 布赖顿.
A care team for Mr Hickmott is now being assembled and he is expected in a new home in his home town, 亿万富翁 SpaceX 老板埃隆马斯克可能因火箭助推器失控而面临与月球相撞的法律诉讼.
“He’s coming home, 我不敢相信,” his mum Pam told BBC Breakfast.
“It will be a real home. We’ll get him home and every day will be a bonus.”
Those watching at home were left just as moved as his mum, with dozens taking to 推特 in their droves to air their thoughts.
除了一系列悲伤的表情符号, 一个人写的: “I’m equally heartbroken and furious for poor Tony. 21 years basically in prison for being autistic. Shameful.”
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While a third added: “Decades lost for these people with unmet needs – 太恐怖了!”
周围有 2,000 people with learning disabilities or autism detained in specialist hospitals across 英国.
A recent BBC investigation revealed 100 其中, including Mr Hickmott, have been held for longer than 20 年.
去年, a select committee of MPs backed calls from campaigners to end the scandal of autistic people being wrongly detained, saying such hospitals should be closed by 2024.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.