A war veteran has died after spending 54 years in hospital, in what is believed to have been the longest stay of any patient in the UK.
James Morris was admitted into hospital with a broken leg in 1962 but never went home after suffering a cardiac arrest on the operating table and being left in a vegetative state.
Mr Morris, who was disabled and could only say three words, died last month aged 75 .
His brother Karl Morris, 62, was shocked when a member of staff at the hospital suggested no one in the UK had been in NHS care longer than James who came through the doors as a 21-year-old.
Karl, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, said: "Over the years we found a way to communicate with him. He was all there mentally but couldn't communicate with us at all. He only ever learned how to say three words again - his three loves - 'home', 'pub' and 'horses'.
"We often took him on holidays in Britain and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they would even take him there now and again."
Mr Morris was serving in the Scottish Rifle regiment, the Cameronians in Germany operating 24 hour manoeuvres when he was injured in a car crash.
He only broke his nose and a thigh bone in the initial crash, but when he returned to Scotland and had an operation to repair his thigh bone, he suffered irreparable damage and part of his brain shut down.
Mr Morris was moved to Wester Moffat Hospital run by NHS Lanarkshire where he remained for 54 years only to pass away this year on Easter Sunday.
Helen Ryan, senior charge nurse at Wester Moffat, said: "Our condolences are with Jimmy's family at this time.
"Having spent such an extraordinary long time at the hospital, Jimmy touched the lives of many; he was a good confidant and a great character and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the Heather Ward."
Wester Moffat Hospital confirmed that James spent 54 years in their care after spending two years in other hospitals.
An NHS spokesperson said they were not aware of anyone having spent longer than 54 years in an NHS hospital.
The former soldier joined the army in 1959 and served in Germany until he was found behind the wheel of a Jeep turned on its side having crashed into a tree in three years later.
Karl heaped praise on staff at West Moffat.
He said: "Everyone at the hospital was outstanding, to care for a man throughout his entire life is quite something and we couldn't be more grateful to the NHS.
"It was a place for young disabled people and over the years I've seen countless patients and staff come and go.
"We made sure he got out over the years to live as fulfilling a life as possible and even right up to the week before he died we brought him home to visit.
"When my mum died we carried on doing what she did and visited him at the hospital regularly.
"He was mentally all there but just didn't have any control over his body so we took him on holidays and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they'd often take him.
"The staff were unbelievable and because James was a mad lover of Elvis they even organised special nights which he enjoyed."
With his parents Charles and Mary both dying at early ages and his sisters Bridie and Rose now gone, Karl has praised Rose's daughter for visiting James as often as she did.
Karl is now determined to find out the truth about his late brother's accident in Germany by digging into Cameronian archived material.
He said: "My dad died at 41 so my mum raised us on her own and would always visit James and when she died my sisters and I took over.
"I'm in the process of finding out the true story, what we do know is that he had no sleep for 24 hours.
"James was driving and we don't know if he fell asleep or not but his jeep was up against a tree on its side and he had was found with a broken nose and femur.
"I don't know how or why but when he went to have his femur operated on, he had a cardiac arrest and lived the rest of his life in hospital.
"Due largely to his age he recently developed problems with his throat which meant he couldn't eat or drink and over the last ten months he deteriorated.
"I can't imagine anyone has ever lived so long in an NHS hospital which I think is a remarkable reflection on Wester Moffat and NHS Lanarkshire."