A few months ago the AECDC staff received a call from a distressed mother. Her son, 20 years old, had been in a serious car accident, and was ending rehab services, getting ready to be released. Unfortunately, he had suffered a severe injury that caused multiple fractures of his spinal cord, and he will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Our Program Director, Norka Torres, visited the son and his mother in the rehab center to assess what he was going to need when he was discharged. She then made several referrals, including to a psychiatrist to help the son cope with his new limited, life situation.
The AECDC was able to help directly by providing the electric wheelchair that would enable the mother to care for her son. As is our current practice, we did this through a phone match from a donor who had called us to offer such a specialized chair that was no longer in use. Working with our NJ Youth Corps volunteers, we were able to pick up the wheelchair from the donor and bring it to the mother’s house.
When her son is finally able to return home, a major issue his care is now addressed.