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

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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