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Elderly Jackson woman living in deplorable conditions

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Jessie Donaldson's house on Carol Drive is literally falling in all around her, from the roof all the way down to the floor.

"The house is really in total disrepair," said Donaldson's grandson-in-law Mark Hardy.

The 93 year old wheelchair bound woman lives in the house with her mentally disabled daughter Linda. 

It is difficult for them to get around. 

Foundation problems have caused the floors to start sinking in. 

Two of the three bedrooms are closed off because the ceiling has caved in.

And when it rains Matthew Donaldson said,"It's like a fully running faucet here.  That's why the pots are in place here because when it rains this hole here brings all the water."

There is only one working bathroom and it's not fully functional. 

 In order for Ms. Donaldson to take a bath she has to haul water from the kitchen using a bucket.

"I would love to see it fixed back up like it was when I moved in it was real nice," said Donaldson.

Her grandchildren are concerned. 

"When a house gets in this condition we really need to have assistance to help us take care of those repairs for her," said Hardy.

Not sure where to turn, they called Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes who then contacted the media.

"It's sad because God blessed her with life and yet her living conditions are second to none," said Stokes.

WLBT contacted the Mississippi Department of Human Services. 

Officials with the vulnerable adults unit plan to visit Donaldson and make sure she's aware of all the government assistance programs available to her.

"I need some help from somebody," said Donaldson.

If you know a vulnerable adult contact the Department of Human Services at 1-800-222-8000. 

You can help Donaldson by contacting her grandson-in-law at 601-955-5524.

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