Sick Child's Wheelchair Stolen - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

10/06/03

Sick Child's Wheelchair Stolen

Joy Thomas Joy Thomas

A local child is now confined to her bed after the wheelchair she heavily relies on was stolen. It was inside her parents' car, and around 3am this morning, that car was stolen at Forrest Avenue and Gwinnett Street where the family lives. Ten-year-old Joy Thomas was born with cerebral palsy, and she just recently had surgery, so both of her legs are in casts. Without her wheelchair, she has to rely on her parents to carry her around.  

"We have a walker in the house to help her balance to and from the restroom, but to go anywhere and to do anything she needs the wheelchair," Evette Thomas, Joy's mother.

Even thought the wheelchair was paid for by Medicare, now that it's been stolen, the replacement cost falls on the family. A wheelchair like Joy needs can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000. It's money they just don't have to spend to get a new one. 

Now that the wheelchair is gone along with the family car, it's hard to go anywhere to get any help. "I hope they can recover everything, if not, just like I said, have a heart, give us back the wheelchair," said Evette. This is for a child who needs it.

Police are looking for a 1982 light blue Buick LeSabre. The tag number is 7183 APB. If you've seen this car or have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

 

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