Stacie Bhana was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Type II at an early age. Because of her diagnosis, Stacie is dependent on her mother to support her in all aspects of personal care needs, including transfers to and from her electric and manual wheelchair. Stacie’s mother, has a mobile hoist for use in the home, however transfers into and out of their aging car is currently done by her mother lifting Stacie. As Stacie’s mother is of slight build there was great concern for her mother’s health if this continued. If her mother injured herself from this heavy lifting, then Stacie’s care will be severely compromised. Unfortunately, being a full time carer for Stacie, Loreigh does not have an income that would enable them to purchase a suitable vehicle or have a vehicle modified for wheelchair access. Government funding support is limited to $2,000 for vehicle modification.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of JMF Ambassador, Tony Burns, JMF was able to grant Stacie a modified vehicle. This transport system has eliminated the need for any lifting. This has greatly improve the quality of life for both Stacie and her mother.