Fears grow for missing Caroline

The family of diabetes sufferer Caroline Whitelaw, from Caunce Street in Blackpool
The family of diabetes sufferer Caroline Whitelaw, from Caunce Street in Blackpool
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THE family of a missing Blackpool woman who requires life saving medication say they now fear the worst.

Doctors have warned relatives of Caroline Whitelaw, who went missing days ago, they are extremely concerned for her health.

Caroline Whitelaw

Caroline Whitelaw

The 51-year-old is diabetic and requires three sachets of Metformin a day along with tablets to treat high blood pressure.

Her son James Whitelaw says medics have told the family his mum’s blood pressure will be ‘through the roof’ and the next 24 hours could be critical.

Mr Whitelaw, 30, of Convent Crescent, Grange Park, told The Gazette: “Doctors are really worried because of my mum’s health problems.

“The biggest concern now is the blood pressure because without her tablets it will be sky high and could lead to problems with her heart and brain or effect her sight.

“Obviously she hasn’t taken her Metformin for 11 days now and she normally takes three-a-day so that is also very worrying.

“Wherever she is she will require urgent medical attention and the family just hope that we can find her in time to give her that.

“We are really trying to remain optimistic and think positive but is becoming increasingly difficult as the days go on.

“It is becoming terrifying, the whole family cannot think straight, we cannot get our heads around what is happening – it’s unreal.”

Mrs Whitelaw, who moved to Blackpool from Glasgow 11 years ago was last seen leaving Milbourne Street on Sunday April 10, at 2.30pm.

She is believed to have no money, bank cards or mobile phone.

Her family say her disappearance is out of character.

A search is continuing and Mr Whitelaw is urging anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “We have phoned all the hospitals in the North West every day since she disappeared but so far there has been no news.

“And the family has been out night and day looking for her – I can’t sleep knowing she is out there somewhere.

“It is the hardest thing we have had to face as a family and I just hope we get my mum home safe and sound.”

PC Jo Brady from Blackpool Police said: “We would appeal to anyone who may have seen Caroline to come forward and contact the police.

“Naturally, her family are very worried about her welfare and are eager to make contact with her so that they know she is OK.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Blackpool police on 01253 293933 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.