Family of Boy with Cerebral Palsy Asks for Help to Get Motorized Wheelchair

Blacksburg, S.C. — “He’s our life now and we’ve made that commitment to make his the best it can be,” said Walter Farris as he talked about his 5-year-old grandson, Landon. Farris knows Landon won’t have the easiest life. Landon has cerebral palsy and can’t walk or feed himself, but his family wants Landon to […]

Blacksburg, S.C. —

“He’s our life now and we’ve made that commitment to make his the best it can be,” said Walter Farris as he talked about his 5-year-old grandson, Landon.

Farris knows Landon won’t have the easiest life. Landon has cerebral palsy and can’t walk or feed himself, but his family wants Landon to have a motorized wheelchair to have some independence as he gets ready to go to school in the fall.

“In order for him to have the life that he deserves he needs all of the tools to allow that,” Farris said.

But they say Medicaid has denied him two times since they began applying for a motorized wheelchair back in 2009.

“We were left with the idea that we were denied and that was the end of it,” Farris said.

That all changed once 7 On Your Side heard Landon’s story. In no time he was approved for a new chair. Medicaid spokesperson Jeff Stensland told us the problem was with the vendor.

“My understanding is that the family was working with the vendor but they weren’t made aware that the vendor wouldn’t be able to get the custom wheelchair that the child needed,” said Stensland.

After we contacted Stensland, a vendor did send the family a manual wheelchair. But Landon’s family told us they can’t use it because it’s too heavy to pick up to transport into their car and there is no strap across the top to support Landon’s chest.

On Thursday Landon will be fitted for a new motorized one, giving him his first chance at independence.

“We really appreciate Medicaid,” said Farris. “They’ve done a lot for us.”

 

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