AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 11 The Brain Injury Association ofTexas (BIATX) today announced that a six-year-old boy in Austin, Texas withsignificant physical and mental disabilities due to shaken baby syndrome willreceive a specialized wheelchair and other medical equipment from a NewHampshire couple whose 13-year-old granddaughter, also a victim of shaken babysyndrome, passed away on February 13, 2007 at the age of 13.
FedEx will ship all 400-500 pounds of equipment at no charge, picking upthe items at the Andrews' home in Union, New Hampshire on Monday, Jan. 14, at10 a.m. The equipment will be delivered Wednesday, Jan. 16, to the young boyin Austin. (Time of delivery yet to be determined.)
The Austin mother, Lori Carbajal, was driving her car in November when itwas rear ended by a hit-and-run driver. In the accident, Carbajal's truck andher son Peanut's $8,000-electric wheelchair were totaled. Without awheelchair, Carbajal has had to carry her son to get around.
When Barbara Andrews heard about the Carbajal's accident, she wascompelled to come to their assistance. Andrew's granddaughter Chrissy wasbadly shaken and beaten at the age of four months. She was left with severemental and physical disabilities, was unable to talk or walk, suffered fromseizures and had to eat with a feeding tube. Like Chrissy, Peanut was alsoshaken and beaten when he was four months old. As a result, Peanut suffersblindness, seizures and developmental delays; he is still unable to walk.Andrews, along with her husband, David, and son, Steven (who was Chrissy'saide), decided to give Chrissy's equipment to Peanut.
Chrissy's wheelchair is the exact make, model and size that Peanut needs.In addition to the specialized wheelchair, the Andrews family is donatingChrissy's car seat, a lift with net to help Carbajal transport Peanut from thewheelchair to a couch or bed, and a gait trainer to help Peanut stand.
"I am overwhelmed at the response that we have received from peopleanswering the Brain Injury Association of Texas' recent request for donationsto cover the cost of Peanut's destroyed wheelchair," Eric Makowski, presidentof the board of directors for BIATX, said. "Ms. Andrew's gift will be anincredible help to Lori Carbajal and her son and we are very thankful for thegenerosity."
About Brain Injury Association of Texas (BIATX):
BIATX, a 501 c 3, is the leading association in Texas for providinginformation, advocacy and professional education regarding brain injury. Theyprovide information, referrals to survivors and family members, andeducational opportunities while serving as advocates for survivors both in andout of the political arena.
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SOURCE Brain Injury Association of Texas