Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mayberry Family Gets Wheelchair-accessible Van

An anonymous donor from the Sequoyah County area has helped out the Christian Mayberry family of Muldrow with the donation of a Dodge wheelchair-accessible van. Christian, who turned 18 on Feb. 25, was severely injured in an ATV wreck on Sept. 1, 2013. He and his mother, Kim, and other family members are now in Wauchala, Florida, where Christian is undergoing rehabilitation at the Florida Institute of Neurologic Rehabilitation or FINR. Kim said Tuesday she is thankful for the van. "Life has changed now that we have the van," she said. "It was hard not having a vehicle." She said FINR did provide transportation for Christian and the family, but had to stick to a schedule. Now Kim said she can go to the grocery store, and run other errands, when she wants and needs to.

There is other good news, Kim said. "Christian is doing good. He is actually walking a bit now on crutches. He did last week for the first time. And he uses his walker all the time. He can walk over 300 feet." Christian only took his first steps in December. "He has come so far," Kim said of her son. "I am going to post video tonight (Tuesday) on Facebook which has three interviews with his therapist. We are just thrilled."

Kim said, "We are all taken care of here." She said Christian will be at the center at least through mid-September.

Kim's husband, John, remains in Muldrow where he is recovering from a heart attack. He is also doing well she said, but not able to rejoin the family in Florida just yet.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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