Thursday, February 07, 2019

A CAMPAIGN is under way to help a Nurney mother of five purchase a wheelchair accessible car for her eight-year-old son.

Lyndsey Keogh is appealling to the community to help her purchase the car as her current vehicle can’t fit her son’s electric wheelchair, leaving the family often isolated and housebound.

Young Alex has been diagnosed with polymicrogyria, a brain condition which affects muscles, speech and swallow. Alex doesn’t walk or talk and is fed through a tube.

Not only is Lyndsey a full time carer for her son but her youngest child has autism.

“My little girl has autism also. It’s hard for the other three children.

“It’s not fair on them. I don’t like saying it but they’ve already lost part of their mother as so much of my time is spent dealing with the smaller ones. They don’t get to go and do many things.

“We can’t go to the zoo, for example, it’s just too stressful. We can’t do anything as a family.”

A wheelchair accessible car would make the world of difference to the family but a second hand one costs in the region of €10,000 to €14,000.

Alex Keogh

“I could get a hoist fitted on my current car for €625 to help lift Alex in and out but we still couldn’t fit his chair. He can’t walk so we really can’t go anywhere without it.”

Lyndsey said she feels embarrassed asking for help but really has been left with no other option.

“I just don’t know what to do. The only help the government gives is when you have enough to buy a car, you can get it tax free or if its brand new there’s no VRT on it.

“I’m not joking; just today the battery went in my car and I need to replace it. I’m after putting a fortune in to it.

“Alex has grown out of his manual chair so our only option is to bring the electronic one and that just doesn’t fit.

“He’s getting bigger and it’s getting more difficult to lift Alex in and out of the car. It’s especially difficult when there’s an emergency. Last week he was unwell and had to be rushed to hospital because he can choke on his food and even his saliva at any time, it’s just a struggle at the moment with the car.”

Lyndsey set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money and almost €2,000 of the €10,000 target has been reached.

“Even if we could put what we get into the credit union and then take out a little loan. I can’t take out a big loan because it is already difficult a enough.”

Lyndsey said Alex is a very happy child always laughing and smiling.

“He’s amazing despite the conditions he has. We’d just be so grateful if people could help in any way they can,” she said.

To donate to this worthy cause visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/hzg6rg-wheelchair-accessible-car.

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By Lynda Doyle
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