New Wheelchair Ramp for Six-Year-Old Who Had His Stolen Friday

The mother of a six-year-old boy whose wheelchair ramp was stolen will soon have a more permanent solution.

There will be a happy ending for a San Diego mother and her six-year-old son after someone stole their wheelchair ramp from their front yard Friday.

Six-year-old Miguel Lopez, whose wheelchair ramp was stolen last week, is getting a new ramp

Wednesday. Lopez was born with mitochondrial myopathy, a muscle disease, and has been in a wheelchair his whole life.

After one man and his wife saw the story on NBC7, he stepped forward.

“I saw him playing on the news and I said, that little guy needs to get up on a ramp, what's he going to do...three steps and a wheelchair, that's no good,” said Jose Arreola.

He came out to the family’s residence early Wednesday to build a four-foot-wide ramp in the front yard, a more permanent solution.

Angelena said she has been grateful for the outpouring of support from friends, family members and strangers, many of whom have called and offered to build or provide ramps for free.

“I've had so many people I haven't seen or heard from in years call me and see if they can come out and build a ramp…strangers saying they've seen it…neighbors coming and checking on us to make sure everything is okay,” Angelena said.

Miguel had to leave for school before the ramp was finished, but will see it once he gets home later Wednesday.

"[Miguel]'s really excited because now he feels super, super special like that everyone thought about him," Angelena said.

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