Steven beaming in his brand new wheelchair that’s customised to his needs and themed in his favourite footy club colours.
When Prakash Rathnam, Everyday Independence Physiotherapist, met Steven about ten months ago, Steven was using a 21 year old wheelchair that was rusty and wrecked. Prakash soon discovered that Steven was a die-hard Essendon Bombers fan, and was missing out on key elements of his social life, like attending AFL games and going to pool clubs with his friends because of his wheelchair constraints. Prakash immediately organised a rental wheelchair for him, then got to work putting together a strong application for a new wheelchair, with a special added surprise for Steven.
Steven was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder that affects bones and bone growth. Steven is prone to multiple fractures due to his brittle bones. Prakash worked with Steven through Melbourne’s multiple lockdowns and supported him to build his strength and skills. This nimble and focused approach ensured his trials for a fully customised and powered wheelchair were successful – a source of great excitement for Steven! Prakash was equally joyful to have been able to support Steven, get his application for a NDIS funded wheelchair approved, and witness him achieve his potential.
The day the wheelchair arrived was reminiscent of the Bombers’ glory days back in the early 2000s. Steven was in tears of joy. His new wheels were Bombers themed, red and black – it couldn’t get any cooler than that for Steven. Now he’s got a brand spanking new ride to match his confidence and everyday independence. Go Steven!