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    Just curious as to what some folks here think about this. Most people in town seem to agree with this woman. I lean more toward the father's side in this. I just don't think wheelchairs are designed to carry more than one occupant (on the roadways), let alone a child in this manner. Correct me if I am wrong.

    http://wtnh.com/2015/11/06/danielson...-a-wheelchair/
    Last edited by Sugarcube; 11-07-2015, 12:10 AM. Reason: Added "on the roadway" to clearify.

  • #2
    She looks small, and the kid is a kid, how is the wheelchair being overtaxed by this? And a seatbelt on a wheelchair? Dumbest idea ever IMO, better to be thrown clear vs. getting crushed under it. But I guess it looks 'safer' for the physics challenged. Two on board? So what, it's a motorized seat...not the most scientific/safe thing in itself.

    As far as transporting a kid to school, I cant help but wonder how I managed to survive childhood walking to school by myself when I was a kid. Oh wait, things weren't as neurotic back then, lol

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    • #3
      So the kid can't even walk with her, wtf is that?
      Besides, it's ridiculous not to allow kids to ride on the chair... apparently wheelchairs are inherently dangerous...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by funklab View Post
        So the kid can't even walk with her, wtf is that?
        Besides, it's ridiculous not to allow kids to ride on the chair... apparently wheelchairs are inherently dangerous...
        I agree about the walking. There were plenty of kids who walked to school in my day too.

        I just wanted to clear up my position about allowing the child to ride on the chair. I was only speaking of when riding on the roadways. I have nieces and nephews that ride with me all the time...well not so much any more, most of them are grown now. Anyway, I never took them with me on the roads like this. My chair is a manual, so it would be much tougher to do as well, haha. I guess I was being overly cautious.

        Either way, I don't think that this justifies anyone taking her child away from her.
        Last edited by Sugarcube; 11-06-2015, 11:56 PM.

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        • #5
          Many people I know in power wheelchairs have their children riding on their lap, sitting on or standing behind the back, or even sitting on their feet and the children are safe. I hope this woman gets some help from disability advocates in fighting her ex-husband and the child "welfare" system on this. The Looking Glass Foundation may be a good resource for her on this...they have helped some of my clients.

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          • #6
            From what is shown here, Emily is lucky to have this mom and I hope the mom wins.
            I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              Many people I know in power wheelchairs have their children riding on their lap, sitting on or standing behind the back, or even sitting on their feet and the children are safe.

              (KLD)
              Do you agree with this on the highways too? I just thought it could be dangerous for the child to ride behind her like that. Everyone I have spoken to agrees with you. I will be the first to admit when I am wrong. A friend of mine knows her personally. I will pass this information on to him. No matter what, I don't think she should lose custody. She has been a very good mother to her child, from what I have been told. This to me, is something that the parents should be able to work out together. Thanks for the info.

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              • #8
                Is she driving on the freeway like this? I don't see that anywhere. It looks like she is driving along residential streets and roads. And no, I have no problem with this at all, any more than I would an AB parent walking along a road or street with their child walking with them. Pedestrians get hit by cars all the time; how would doing this in a wheelchair make them more at risk??

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                  Is she driving on the freeway like this? I don't see that anywhere. It looks like she is driving along residential streets and roads. And no, I have no problem with this at all, any more than I would an AB parent walking along a road or street with their child walking with them. Pedestrians get hit by cars all the time; how would doing this in a wheelchair make them more at risk??

                  (KLD)
                  No she doesn't go on the highway, that was a typo. I see her in town often where there are four lanes and very busy traffic. She doesn't always stay on the sidewalks. When I first saw the news clip, my thought was that it could be very bad if a car hit her head on and the child was sitting behind her. The little girl could get some crushing injuries from the force of her mother hitting her, even with the slightest impact. I suppose if they were hit by a car, it wouldn't matter where they were sitting, they both could get terribly hurt. I'm am starting to get angry with myself, because I am realizing that I may have some prejudicial views against my own cause, so to speak. I would have never thought that about myself. I ride on the roadways all the time without a second thought. Putting the child into the equation was what made me stop to think about it some more.

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                  • #10
                    The father is an A**hole.

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                    • #11
                      Confused:
                      What's the issue at stake.
                      Chair Parenting skills ?
                      Financial needs?
                      Dispute over child custody?
                      School transportation?
                      Parent Disability?
                      More News coverage due to poor viewer ratings?

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                      • #12
                        My daughter was two weeks old when I was injured. By the time she was old enough to walk, she was riding in my lap. I use a manual chair. At first, I made up a velcro strap to help hold her in place, but it wasn't long before I realized she didn't really need it. She would just balance herself and grab on to me when she needed. It became second nature for her, like walking. I could take her anywhere--in stores, parking lots, school hallways, in the grass, just about anywhere walkers could walk. If she needed to get off suddenly, for any reason, she would just slid off and land on her feet. Really, it wasn't any more dangerous than walking by herself.

                        How many times have you seen people fall while walking? How about while carrying an child, especially an infant? Or riding a child on the back of a bicycle? Yeah, some silly government agency could use the logic in this video to ban parents from carrying their child while walking or biking. How about banning walking altogether as too dangerous?

                        Bottom line, I rode my daughter around for years with her in my lap, and she was happy. No one ever gave me crap about it. Why not with a power chair? That's probably more stable and safer. Christina Ormerod's ex-husband is a bully and family services in her area are enablers of that bullying.

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                        • #13
                          I guess who claims the girl walking beside her is more dangerous? What about public transportation for the mother and child or a school bus for the child? Quite frankly if the father is the one being a jerk about it, who says his method of getting her to school is any safer? Figures can lie and liars can figure.
                          DaDutchman
                          C5/C6 since 2007 due to car accident

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                          • #14
                            The whole thing is ludicrous. It is her kid, if she feels it is safe for her child to ride like that should be her decision. When I could walk I would frequently put my kid on my shoulders and walk in crowded parking lots. I fail to see any difference between the two acts except for blatent discrimination.

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