A news currently trending of a woman, 42, who is said to have been grounded for 26 years of her life, has taken over social media
The woman, Nadezhda Bushueva has not seen the outside of her mother’s house in the village of Arefinsky, in western Russia, for 26 years, after her mother developed fears that she could be harmed by the outside world.
Bushueva’s shocking story was originally featured on Russian television show “By the Way” last week and has since gone viral in the media.
The Russian media noted that she had not stepped outside of her mother’s home because her mother restricted her.
However, she came out for the first time this month, after her mother fell seriously ill and needed medical attention.
Neighbours testified that when they saw her, she looked very unkempt and had reportedly not washed her hair in 12 years, as evidenced by the giant clump on her head, and hadn’t had a change of clothes in even longer.
The Neighbours said Tatyana had always had strict control over her daughter, but it became worse after she retired.
She was said to have been stopped by her mother for age 16 from relating with her teenage friends in the village.
The villagers said, a couple of years later, things became worse as the both of them were hardly ever seen, and all efforts to speak with the mother proved abortive.
After a while, villagers stopped trying to convince Tatyana to give her daughter more freedom and everyone just went on with their lives.
It is not clear yet how Tatyana was able to convince her daughter to get accustomed to the isolated lifestyle but it is believed the girl must have slowly gotten used to things.
However, while speaking with the village local council, Vasily Tovarnov, the woman revealed also that had been living on cat food for years and had been sharing a bed with her mother and their cats, some of which were dead…
“So what if there are dead cats on the couch? Maybe I’ll die soon here on this couch as well. My life is worse than that of a cat. A cat has more rights. I am not alive, I don’t even exist. I’m a walking dead,” Nadezhda Bushueva allegedly said.
Despite the above statement, and her apparent desire to “find work and get a passport”, Nadezhda didn’t seem eager to change her lifestyle. Larisa Mikheeva, director of the social security services of the Vachsky district, told RIA Novosty that the 42-year-old cannot be forced into rehabilitation, and that so far she has refused all help, saying that she likes the way she lives now, and that it suits her.
“She is not disabled, she has no mental illness. She is an adult, she just lives with her mother and is used to this lifestyle,” Mikheeva said. “A person must voluntarily agree to receive some services. If they are not mentally unable to make decision, we cannot legally force them.”
Mikheeva added that both social workers and neighbours offered to help Nadezhda at least clean her home before her mother returned from the hospital. They even showed up at her house with garbage bags and cleaning products, but she flat out refused.
“It is very difficult to help people when they are healthy according to documents and to make