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Tucson woman receives electric wheelchair donation after hers was stolen

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 12:26:23-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Eleven agonizing days without an electric wheelchair, coming to an end.

"Thank you so much," said Carrie Scott, who had her electric wheelchair stolen on July 8.

"You enjoy it, OK?" said Valerie, a driver with Mountain View Retirement Village.

"I will," said Scott.

Scott suffers from chronic pain and scoliosis. She was heartbroken when she realized her electric wheelchair was stolen from her front yard earlier this month.

"It really took me down and in doubt. I was fighting depression for the last three days. But I'm so happy now. I can go, I can get up and go again," said Scott.

Carrie's friend, Patty Newbury, reached out to Nine On Your Side for help.

A woman who lives in mountain view retirement village wanted to help, after seeing the first story we aired on Wednesday, about Scott's stolen wheelchair. The woman, who wishes to stay anonymous, initially had this chair up for sale; it belonged to her late husband. However, when she saw Scott and Newbury's plea for help, she decided to donate it instead and arranged for her care facility to drop it off to Scott.

"I get to go dancing now. I get to go dancing. I'm so happy," said Scott.

So happy, she wanted to test drive her new chair and take out her trash to the dumpster down the road.

"Here we go. I'm mobile again!" said Scott.

Carrie has yet to receive an update about her lost chair, but she says she hopes police find the person or people responsible, and that this act of kindness is more than enough to put her back in good spirits.

After KGUN9 reported on the chair being stolen on Wednesday, the newsroom received many phone calls and emails of people wanting to help. Some viewers even said they would give away their unused wheelchairs to Scott. For today's specific donation, it worked out that the anonymous woman lives in a care center and that the facility was able to drop it off for her. Mountain View Retirement Village acted as third party support.

Scott and Newbury want to say a big "Thank You" to the woman who donated. They are also grateful to everyone who called or emailed the KGUN9 newsroom to help.