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Disabled man slips in tub, is trapped 6 days

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — A disabled man who slipped and fell in his bathtub was trapped there for six days before he was rescued by a van driver who arrived at the house for a scheduled trip.

Bruce Ashworth, 55, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, fell on Aug. 29 and was unable to reach the safety handles on the bathtub to rescue himself. His service dog, Libby, brought a phone to him, but the battery wasn't charged.

On Thursday, Julie Johnson, who drives a van for elderly and disabled people, arrived to pick up the retired engineer for a scheduled trip.

When no one answered the door, she asked a neighbor to call 911, then was able to reach through a dog-door to unlock a door into the home. She found Ashworth in the bathtub, barely coherent. Firefighters arrived and took him to a hospital.