Thief steals wheelchair from South LA boy with cerebral palsy

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
OC company to replace boy's stolen custom wheelchair
An Anaheim company is coming forward to replace a custom-fit wheelchair stolen from a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.

LOS ANGELES -- An Anaheim company is coming forward Wednesday to replace a custom-fit wheelchair stolen from a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy on Tuesday.

Arthur Day, 9, had his treasured wheelchair stolen Tuesday morning from the lobby of his family's apartment complex in South Los Angeles.

"When you explain it to him, she said he just sat with his face looking at the wall all day," said Kmond Day, Arthur's father. "That was hurtful."

Born premature with cerebral palsy and a long list of health issues, doctors told Arthur's parents he wouldn't survive. But Arthur proved to be a fighter.

The chair, which was custom-fit to Arthur's body, allowed him to enjoy life, giving him freedom to move and relief from his constant pain.

"It's designed for his back, for his hips, his ankles, everything from head to toe is perfectly designed for him," said Kmond.

After seeing the story on ABC7, generous viewers reached out to offer help, including Access Medical Inc., which is getting Arthur a brand-new wheelchair.

"They take an awful lot of effort for people, but they really do bless and improve lives and reduce medical costs overall," said Joe McKnight, Vice President of Clinical Development for Access Medical Inc. "This child can have a very fulfilling life if we get him the proper equipment."

"He just lit up," said Kmond. "I just thank the person that came up."

Access Medical is footing the bill and putting a rush on the chair, which would normally take months and cost the family thousands of dollars. Access wants to make sure Arthur gets it by Christmas.

The family says they are deeply grateful for all the help.

"Not only is he a blessing to us, but he's a blessing to others, because others want to reach out and do something for someone else for the holidays, so we just want to thank people," said Kmond.