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The 74-year-old man was found confused after falling down the stairs in an emergency room in 24 hours

24 hours in A&E viewers were left in tears after a 74-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being found confused.

In last night’s episode of the Channel 4 show, Richard, from East Surrey, who was last seen two nights ago after going out drinking, was found by a surviving relative after falling down a flight of stairs.

Viewers were heartbroken, however, when it was revealed that he had gone drinking after the death of his beloved wife – who died tragically after a battle with cancer.

“So sad, poor Richard …” one wrote, followed by a heartbroken emoji, while the second wrote, “Listening to Richard’s background on # 24HrsAE and it really reminded me of that saying, how to never get anyone you can judge walking a mile in their shoes. ‘

Richard, 74, from East Surrey, was rushed to hospital after being found confused in the episode of Channel 4's 24 Hours in A&E last night (photo, with his children Chris and Mel)

Richard, 74, from East Surrey, was rushed to hospital after being found confused in the episode of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E last night (photo, with his children Chris and Mel)

Mel (photo) explained how her mother was taken to the hospital and was told to have surgery - but she had a maximum survival rate of five percent

Mel (photo) explained how her mother was taken to the hospital and was told to have surgery - but she had a maximum survival rate of five percent

Mel (photo) explained how her mother was taken to the hospital and was told to have surgery – but she had a maximum survival rate of five percent

Viewers quickly took to Twitter, with one text saying 'So sad, poor Richard ...' followed by a heartbroken emoji (photo)

Viewers quickly took to Twitter, with one text saying 'So sad, poor Richard ...' followed by a heartbroken emoji (photo)

Viewers quickly took to Twitter, with one text saying ‘So sad, poor Richard …’ followed by a heartbroken emoji (photo)

“I hadn’t heard from Dad for a few days,” his son Chris explained. “He had gone out and had a good time. On Friday morning I told my wife to talk to Dad, I was a little concerned. ‘

“I called him and he couldn’t speak well. He made noises. Several things flash through your head – has he had a stroke? But when I discern the words “I fell”, you think I should go. ‘

“When I got to Daddy, it was a mess. It was massacre. To be honest it seemed like a bit of a crime scene. There were broken photos, broken furniture he fell on. It was shocking. ‘

After being rushed to the hospital, doctors revealed that Richard had suffered life-threatening injuries – including three rib fractures, frontal bruise, and occipital hemorrhage.

“It is terrible to see weakness in your parents,” Chris continued. “I knew Dad in this state was almost certainly a few too many to drink the night before.”

While Richard, Chris and Mel’s children waited in the family’s room, they revealed he tragedy that befell their father and the devastating effect it had on his life.

In the hospital, doctors revealed that Richard (photo) had sustained life-threatening injuries - including three rib fractures, frontal bruise, and occipital hemorrhage

In the hospital, doctors revealed that Richard (photo) had sustained life-threatening injuries - including three rib fractures, frontal bruise, and occipital hemorrhage

In the hospital, doctors revealed that Richard (photo) had sustained life-threatening injuries – including three rib fractures, frontal bruise, and occipital hemorrhage

Richard's son Chris said he knew his father was almost certainly in this state because he drank too much the night before.  Pictured, Richard in the hospital

Richard's son Chris said he knew his father was almost certainly in this state because he drank too much the night before.  Pictured, Richard in the hospital

Richard’s son Chris said he knew his father was almost certainly in this state because he drank too much the night before. Pictured, Richard in the hospital

“Mom and Dad always looked forward to retirement,” Chris explained. “They loved spending time with their grandchildren. Mom’s only ambition was to spend time with her grandchildren.

“Then if you find out that the only real ambition she’s ever had, she’ll be taken away – that’s awful.”

He went on to explain that his mother was diagnosed with cancer around the time she retired – and the way his father dealt with it was to pretend and believe it wouldn’t get so bad.

“She was taken to hospital and told to have surgery, and she had a maximum survival rate of five percent,” Mel continued.

“You are clearly in shock and we thought we had some more time. The moment they took her to go through the theater doors, we said, “I love you goodbye,” and she said, “When I die, I didn’t want to – sorry.”

And while Richard may have been through a lot, he made it clear that he was determined to enjoy life with his grandchildren after recovering from the incident.

“My family means everything to me,” he explained. “It was a wake-up call for me. It has led me to change my way of thinking about things and how valuable life is. I have a second chance. I feel I have to get the best out of every moment. My hope for the future is to see my wonderful grandchildren grow up. ‘

At the end of the episode, Richard said, “My family means everything to me. It was a wake-up call for me ‘

A viewer went to social media and commented, “Awww, bless him … Come on Richard, you can do it friend!” (shown)

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