Queens Woman in Wheelchair Pleads to Get Broken Elevator Fixed

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    A Queens woman says she's trapped in her home on most days because the elevator at her apartment building for the past three weeks has been out of order. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Thursday, Dec 13, 2012)

    A Queens woman in a wheelchair is pleading for help after her building's elevator stopped working around Thanksgiving, keeping her trapped indoors. 

    Faith Rossworn, 33, suffers from a joint disease called arthrogryposis and has been in a wheelchair all her life. Three weeks ago, after she went away for Thanksgiving, she returned to discover the elevator in her Forest Hills building was broken.

    "Being on the second floor, I had no way of getting back up the stairs," she said.

    Her husband and some other men in the building had to carry her up two flights of stairs to her apartment. Since then, the elevator has been fixed and broken multiple times.

    As a result, Rossworn, who works from home, has only left the apartment twice since Thanksgiving. 

    "I have a disability but I also live a pretty normal life and I just want to be out with my husband and my friends, doing things that most people take for granted," said Rossworn.

    She and her husband worry about what they would do if there were an emergency. 

    "I want to see the elevator fixed as soon as possible, and I mean fixed to the point where they're not doing patchwork," said Chris Ross, Rossworn's husband. 

    NBC 4 New York's calls to the city and Sibling Management, the company that runs the building at 72-81 113th St., were not returned.

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