Grant Money For Spina Bifida Disabled Woman To Get Electric Wheelchair
by Sherry E. Moore
(Fostoria, OH, USA)
My name's Sherry Moore. I was born with Spinal Bifida and I am now 56 years old.
I used to walk with braces and crutches but 15 years ago I had to have the bone in my right hip removed because the blood supply to the bone was somehow cut off. I was told this was connected to my birth defect. I am also prone to pressure sores.
I live alone and about 14 months ago I purchased an electric wheelchair so that I could be more independent. However, the electric wheelchair stopped working.
I called the company and they said they would send me the parts to do the repairs myself. I told them over and over I couldn't do it because I cannot stand.
For over a month I have been confined to my home because they have not come to fix my chair or to even loan me a replacement so I can get around.
As of today I m still confined to my apartment. I called the company Orbital Medical every day from May 1 through 26. There are times when it stops running altogether and I have to crawl to where I need to go.
I would like help to purchase a new Hoveround, a more reliable wheelchair that comes with a repair contract. I am on Social Security Disability so I can't afford to get it myself.
The power stick on the one I have is always coming out and when that happens you cannot control the chair and if it happened when I was trying to cross the street I could get hit by a car or I could hit a car and be seriously injured.
I also get pressure sores on the back of my legs and on my buttocks. I need the new chair because it will come with a new Roho High Profile Cushion, which would lessen greatly my chances of ever getting those sores again.
I truly need help to get the new chair. It will improve my quality of life as well as my independence.