Popular homeless man Gadget is in hospital after a cleaner found him lying in a car park and crying out in pain late at night.
Gadget is battling a leg infection, which has apparently spread to other parts of his body, after he was discovered in the early hours of Sunday, October 8.
The cleaner who wished to stay anonymous, told The Herald: “I’m an early morning cleaner in the art college and my colleague and I had to call an ambulance for Gadget as he was paralysed on the second floor of the car park.
“He had been there all night, not even on top of his bedding, unable to move and calling for help. “
She added: “Other cars were in the car park at 6.15am and nobody went to his aid, they would have heard his cries.”
A friend of Gadget’s took to social media to update loved ones and acquaintances on popular Gadget’s condition.
He told them that Gadget had a leg infection which had spread and the following day he was still in and out of consciousness and unable to eat solids.
His mobility is said to be largely affected.
Gadget first became well-known when he and his friend Gary had their possessions stolen from their shelter in Regent Street.
But following a request for help on social media from event manager and friend Marcus Crandon at the Fresher and Professor, scores of people came forward to supply Gadget with waterproof clothes, a sleeping bag and other essentials.
At the time Gadget said: “All these donations have given me hope and given me life.
“A lot of people, you ask for change and they just blank you, they don’t even acknowledge you. It’s just nice to speak to someone, if someone stops and has a conversation with you, you feel a bit more normal.
“You get talked down to a lot. The drunk people stop and talk to you and they say they’ll bring you a sandwich and that’s the last you see of them. It’s the people you least expect who look after you.”
In the latest incident, Gadget had hidden his bag behind a sand box outside Regent Street car park, his usual sleeping spot, but found the bag had gone in the morning.
Marcus told The Herald at the time that he was reluctant to start another appeal for donations and risk his belongings being taken for a third time.
And Gadget revealed shocking tales of how he had been stabbed once, assaulted four times, and had his possessions taken three times since becoming homeless around a year ago.