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28 Year Old Disabled Mom Seeks Government Grant For Son And Self

by Felicia Woods
(Poplarville, MS, USA)

I have been disabled since I was six months old. I was born with a heart murmur and I had heart surgery to repair the valve to my heart.

The doctor that operated on me did not give me enough oxygen to flow to the lower part of my body which left me partially paralyzed from the waist down.

A few months later my mother noticed that I wasn't doing things that I should be doing for my age, such as crawling or trying to stand on my own.

She took me to the doctor to see what was wrong with me. That's when she found out that I was partially paralyzed.

The doctor had told my mother that I would never be able to walk because of my condition, but they where wrong. I finally learned how to walk with the aid of braces when I was two years old.

I had several open-heart surgeries and numerous surgeries to correct my legs and hip with no success. The doctor had broken both legs to repair them. (I have lots of pins in legs now from when I was a child). I walk with a bad limp but I am still able to walk.

I am now 28 years old and have been living with this disability my whole life. I now have a seven year old son and it is very hard for me provide for my little boy and myself.

My SSI check is not enough to maintain life. It's very hard for me to find a job because I have no transportation and it's time for me to get some new braces. I've had these braces now for almost five years now. It's very painful to walk in them. So it would be very hard for me to find and keep a job, even a part-time one.

Receiving a government grant would really be beneficial to me because I would be able to get a new pair of braces for my legs (which cost thousands of dollars) and transportation. I would then have the funds to better myself by going back to college and getting a good job to support my son and me.

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