Brooklyn Woman With Cerebral Palsy Asks for Stolen Wheelchair to Be Returned - NBC New York

Brooklyn Woman With Cerebral Palsy Asks for Stolen Wheelchair to Be Returned

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    Brooklyn Woman's $8000 Wheelchair Stolen

    Ji-Eun Kim says her motorized wheelchair is her freedom due to limited mobility with cerebral palsy. But that chair was stolen from outside her pastor's home in Sheepshead Bay.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 12, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Ji-Eun Kim says her motorized wheelchair was stolen from outside her pastor's home in Brooklyn on Saturday

    • She had to use a non-motorized wheelchair and have someone else push her around for the last 48 hours

    • A neighbor and former-police officer found the wheelchair dumped several blocks from her apartment, restoring her independence

    Ji-Eun Kim says her freedom was taken away when someone stole her wheelchair from outside her pastor's home in Brooklyn Saturday night.

    The $8,000 motorized chair was Kim's independence because she has Cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that limits her mobility. She reported to police that someone took it from the home near Bragg Street and Avenue U in Sheepshead Bay.

    "I can't leave the house without it. It's my independence. I don't need anybody to push. It's my freedom," Kim said, asking for the person who took her wheelchair to just return it.

    It could take 2 months for Kim to receive a new chair through medicare and the money to replace it would be a huge financial burden to her, the Brooklyn woman tells News 4.

    She currently has to use a non-motorized wheelchair and has someone else push her around.

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