POLICE is investigating allegations that a grandmother’s jewelry was stolen while she died in hospital.
Relatives have told how items including wedding and engagement rings were missing from Elizabeth Wilson’s belongings after her death at the age of 82.
The precious gold crucifix necklace and the mother-of-three eternity band are also said to be missing.
Furious relatives made a formal complaint to Borders General Hospital in Melrose before calling the cops.
Grandson William Wilson, 38, fears the sentimental gems have been nicked.
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The vehicle parts advisor, Dunfermline, said: âHow can someone be so callous that they steal a fragile woman on her deathbed, I don’t know.
âWe couldn’t visit him – no one could – because of Covid, so there’s no way they would come out of this room any other way.
âMy grandfather is absolutely broken – he’s in pieces. He wanted to put his wedding ring on his chain.
“I am disgusted that no paperwork was completed if they were removed for a valid reason, as they were all documented upon admission.”
Searches by NHS staff could not locate the jewelry as an internal investigation is ongoing.
William alleged that the hospital advised his family to make a home insurance claim.
He added: âMy grandparents had been married for 63 years, so they are priceless.
âIt has nothing to do with money. We just want to raise awareness and hope to get to the bottom of it. “
Elizabeth – known as Betty – had been a patient in the hospital since January.
She died last month from a blood disease.
Her broken husband, William snr, 86, paid tribute to his wife, who is survived by his sons William, 61, Tam, 59, and Steven, 57, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. children.
The widower, who brought Betty’s ashes with him to the couple’s home in Hawick, Roxburghshire, told how the alleged theft kept her from sleeping at night.
He said, âI can’t help but think about it.
âIt has become such a concern that it affects my day-to-day life, including taking my medication.
âWe have always taken care of our jewelry. Betty only took them off when they needed cleaning.
âSomeone must know something. I know the NHS is doing a great job, but it requires proper investigation. “
He added: âI have lost an amazing wife, who always took care of me. I am lost without it.
âShe was caring, funny, well loved and very generous. We miss her terribly. ”
The cops said, âWe received a report of the theft of jewelry.
âInvestigations are underway to establish all the circumstances surrounding the incident. “
A spokeswoman for the NHS Borders added: âWe are supporting the police in their investigations. “
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