Just Bring My Wheelchair Back

Disabled woman begs for thieves to return her wheelchair

By Greg Bledsoe
|  Saturday, Feb 5, 2011  |  Updated 9:04 PM PDT
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An amputee and kidney transplant survivor is now a victim of theft.
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"I was just shocked," explains Monice Williams, "It was gone."

Williams says she left her El Cajon apartment complex for 15 minutes late Friday afternoon and when she returned, her motorized wheelchair was gone.

"My heart sunk," she says, "I wanted to cry.  I still feel like crying."

Williams suffers from diabetes.  She is the recipient of a kidney transplant, and recently had her right leg amputated.

She is able to drive a car with her left leg, but keeps the motorized wheelchair parked in the parking lot to help her get around.  Unfortunately, she says the chair does not need a key, and anyone could take it.

She says medicare paid for the $5,000 chair, and she's not yet eligible for a replacement.

Williams says she did file a police report, but is not hopeful the chair will be returned.  So, for now she is confined to a push wheel chair.

"I have neuropathy in my hands, and arthritis in my shoulders," she says while tearing up, "So, I can't push."

Williams says she has a message for the thieves.

"I would tell them that there's always room for redemption.  They should just return the chair, put it where they got it from, no questions asked."

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