The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Utah has replaced the motorized wheelchair stolen from the home of an 8-year-old West Valley City boy who depends on it for transportation.
The new wheelchair, valued at almost $5,500, was delivered to Jared Evans on Friday. The boy suffers from Wernig Hoffman's disease, which has weakened his muscles to the point of deterioration."It's just what we do," said David Ricketts, the program coordinator for MDA. He said MDA had paid for Evans' first motorized wheelchair about two years ago and offers the chairs free to anyone suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Ricketts said area residents who heard about the wheelchair being stolen have already donated about $3,000 toward its replacement.
The chair was stolen on Sept. 20, after the boy's father left it beneath the stairs of their apartment at about 9:30 p.m. When the family returned for the chair about two hours later, it was gone.
Police have appealed to the public for help in recovering the wheelchair, which is described as having a blue seat, black headrest, gray wheels, a battery, a motor and a remote control box on the armrest.