Mom with palsy begs for help -- her motorized wheelchair is dead

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Turning the wheels on her manual wheelchair is no easy task for Joan Ellis. She says her arms sometimes hurt so bad she has to stop everything and lay down.

In fact, Ellis should be in a motorized chair, because she has cerebral palsy. But her chair isn't working. The battery charger broke a few months back. Ellis says the fuse fell out and she hasn't been able to charge her chair.

She's waiting to get clearance from Medicaid and that's a common complaint among users. Medicaid changed it's procedures and now requests extra paperwork, so her claim was pushed back all summer.

It's in the process of being resubmitted, but in the meantime Ellis can't get around without it -- and she has active two boys.

"I don't know what else to do. That's why I called you guys. I was running into walls. Each time they say, 'be patient.' I have all summer and I'm tired," says Ellis.

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