May 17, 2006

Woman Got Wheelchair, But No Way To Use It

By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express (subscribe)

CRAWLEY, ENGLAND--Linda Critton says she's devastated because National Health Service officials last week took away her electric wheelchair, which she had for six months but never got to use.

Critton told the Surrey Mirror that she had been given the wheelchair in November after her doctor ordered it so she could enjoy independence and freedom following two strokes.

But Critton never got to use the wheelchair.

That's because no ramp was installed to allow her to get out the door.

"I'm devastated that it's been taken away from me," she said. "I badly need an electric chair for my freedom. Everyone has a right to get around."

"It's a terrible waste."

NHS officials said they could not comment on individual cases.

"'I'm devastated my wheelchair has been taken away'" (Surrey Mirror)

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Posted on May 17, 2006