Stroke victim left stranded
Nov 3, 2013 / 11:09 am
UPDATE 10:45 A.M. -
Castanet readers have once again stepped up to the plate and have offered to replace the scooter charger for James Hunter.
The donation offers exceeded expectations and we cannot thank our readers enough for their generosity.
Because of your donations James Hunter will be able to get a brand new scooter charger to help him continue on his path to recovery.
Thank you Castanet family!
Story by: Brighton Ellis
James Hunter is recovering from a stroke he had in May. It left him paralyzed on one side of his body. Twice a week Hunter uses his electric scooter to go to hospital for physio. But this week thieves left him unplugged, they took his scooter's charger. Now the stroke victim, is a victim of crime.
The charger he uses for his scooter was stolen from the patio of the group home he's staying at while he recovers. It's located near Richter and Springfield.
Hunter says the scooter, a Rhythm Electric Wheelchair, has been “a Godsend”.
“I was a basket case and now I can get up and walk, but I can’t walk to the hospital and I can’t push myself in my wheelchair”.
The loss of independence, and the fact that chargers like his cost over $500, has left him feeling hopeless.
“I never thought anybody would be that low”.
He is appealing to the public in hopes of finding or replacing his charger and regaining his freedom. Hunter doesn't have the funds to buy a new one.
He, temporarily, has a charger on loan from the Rutland Army Navy and Air Force Veterans' Club, though he says it 'takes four times as long to charge that battery up than the other one'.
What is unique, and likely more appealing to thieves, is the stolen unit is a 24 volt model as opposed to a standard 12 volt charger; making it more valuable.
Hunter expects to make a full recovery from his stroke, and the chair plays an essential role. He is hopeful the charger will be recovered so he can continue with his physio and eventually move out of the group home and back in with his Wife.
“I’m here because at home we have stairs and a carpet”.
“It’s just a pity”, he says, “I feel sorry for anybody that gets something like this damaged and stolen”.
Despite his misfortune, Hunter remains in good spirits and optimistic about the situation, jokingly asking, “You want me to give you some tears?"
If you would like to help or if you have any information about a 24 Volt charger being found please contact Castanet at [email protected]
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