An elderly Arlington man unable to get up after falling on his kitchen floor last week, had to survive on Coca-Cola for five days before he was found, according to reports.

The elderly man, identified as Glenn Smith, fell in his Virginia home on July 29, WUSA 9 reported. For the next five days, he drank Coca-Cola that was within arm’s reach in order to survive, the report said.

Police say they were called to the 3000 block of N. Trinidad Street on Aug. 2 after a neighbor and a mail carrier noticed the man’s mail had been piling up and that his front door had been left open for a few days.

Officers arrived at the scene around 12:45 p.m. and found the man lying on the floor and “in need of medical assistance,” police said. The man was later taken to Virginia Hospital Center by Arlington County Fire Department medics.

Authorities said Smith was in stable condition when he was transported to the hospital.

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