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MIGRANT rights, NHS and Labour Party activist, author and World War II veteran Harry Leslie Smith has checked into a hospital in Canada after a fall.
“Harry is not in a good way,” the 95-year-old’s son John wrote on his father’s Twitter account.
“Harry is in A & E and not in a good way,” the post read. “He asked me to inform you in case things don’t work out. I will keep you posted.”
Earlier this afternoon Leslie Smith told his Twitter followers that he was on his way to hospital.
“Bugger of a day, had a fall and now I am in hospital. It’s nothing, just low blood pressure, but signing off for the next few hours.”
On Saturday, Leslie Smith appeared in video by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees speaking on the refugees he saw in Europe at the close of the second world war.
Crying, he said: “There was a stream of hundreds of thousands of refugees coming south. I can still still see them, absolutely pitiful, starving.
“It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, or what your education was, or whatever your job was before you came here, you are now Canadian.”
As well as travelling the world advocating for rights of refugees, Leslie Smith has also campaigned on the NHS.
His latest book, Don’t Let My Past Become Your Future, serves as a stark warning as to what life could be like without a publicly funded NHS, which is free at the point of use.
In an interview with the Morning Star last year, Leslie Smith warned that world politics is in a grave state.
“What gives me optimism is watching the fightback against Trump, the surge in support for Labour at home and the growing politicisation or our young,” he said.
“I believe that the younger generations will be, like mine, a tide that will float all boats. I am worried for the future of this planet but having survived so far up to the age of 94, I know that where there is life there is hope.”
UPDATE: Harry’s son John posted an update on his father’s health. It reads: “Just an update: Harry is hypotensive and on fluids and drifts in and out of consciousness, but is breathing well with oxygen Waiting for the cardiologist to report.” See Harry’s Twitter feed for more updates.
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