A 5-year old boy was unable to go to school on Monday after his customized wheelchair was stolen from his mother’s Oakland, California home.
‘I just can’t imagine what someone’s going to do with it,’ the distraught mother, Megan Cody, said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
As Cody, 40, helped her son Joaquin, 5, to get ready for school on Monday morning, somebody stole the child’s wheelchair from the front steps of the family’s house.
A view of a street in the Oakland, California neighborhood where 5-year-old Joaquin’s wheelchair was stolen on Monday morning
Cody told the Chronicle her routine on school mornings includes carrying Joaquin’s wheelchair down the steps of her duplex, returning inside to fetch the boy, and moving him outside to the waiting chair, a task that usually takes 10 minutes.
Sometime during that brief window of time, the thief struck.
‘I just feel sad. I don’t know how to get my son to school, which is ridiculous,’ Cody told the Chronicle.
Joaquin missed school on Monday, and will have to continue to stay at home with his mother and 2-year-old sister until he gets a new wheelchair, his mother told the Chronicle.
Cody described the chair as sparkly blue with the boy’s name embroidered on it.
Also missing was a backpack that was attached to the chair holding medical equipment, including a pump necessary for Joaquin to take his medicine and swallow liquids.
Cody said it might be while until Joaquin will be able to see his kindergarten class mates at Bella Vista Elementary School again.
‘He’s not going to be able to go to school until I can get him a new wheelchair and a new pump,’ Cody told the Chronicle.
Bella Vista Elementary School in Oakland, California. Five-year-old student Joaquin won’t be able to go back to kindergarten class here until his wheelchair is recovered