Liam – Powered Wheelchair
Liam, 14 has a degenerative muscle disorder that has left him a permanent wheelchair user has received a state-of-the-art powered wheelchair that has given him a new sense of independence.
Liam only has a 5% range of movement in his upper body so was reliant on his mother, Lisa, to push him in his manual wheelchair to enable him access to his school and the outside world.
His lack of mobility had started to affect his well-being and Lisa was worried about her son’s health. As she explained: “Liam also has autism and he can become quite anxious. Because he doesn’t have the upper body strength to propel a manual wheelchair he was always apologising to the teachers when they had to push him, and it was really getting him down.”
Since receiving his chair, Liam’s life has changed for the better.
“The new powered wheelchair is perfect,” enthused Lisa. “It has special functions that allow the chair to tilt and the legs and seat can also be elevated or reclined, which means that Liam can position the chair for maximum comfort.”
This has allowed Liam to navigate around his school independently and he can now access desk space that he had previously been unable to fit into.
Lisa is now able to take her son further afield and as the chair has been designed to safely negotiate difficult terrains Liam can now explore otherwise inaccessible areas.