Hoarder crushed by her own stuff and trapped for 15 hours

An elderly woman had to be rescued from inside her home after her belongings fell and trapped her for nearly 15 hours.

The lady was freed from inside her Canley Vale home, southwest Sydney, by NSW Fire and Rescue after it received a call with concerns for her welfare at 9.50am on Monday, a spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

She apparently initially became trapped on Sunday evening about 10pm, and was pulled from the rubble about 12pm on Monday before being transported to hospital.

Her husband John, who normally slept outside in his car, asked neighbour Gary Bhurra to borrow his phone, Daily Telegraph reported.

The elderly woman was trapped for nearly 15 hours in her Canley Vale home. Source: Nine News

“He called the police … we thought she was dead but no she was alive,” Mr Bhurra said.

“(Crews) tried to open the door, it was open, but they couldn’t get inside because of the stuff.”

The woman had suffered compression injuries to one of her legs, which had been crushed by the weight of her belongings for an extended period.

Officers had to cut the power to her property and remove a significant haul of belongings from the home before they could gain access to her.

The identity of the woman has not been revealed, but she was believed to be in her 60s.
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