Double amputee stuck in home for years needs wheelchair ramp

- For a year and a half Diane Henderson hasn't stepped out of her door.

She's a double amputee and can't make it down the stairs. To make things worse, she can't afford the thousands of dollars it costs to build a ramp.

The 60-year-old says the last day she left was 548 days ago, when she came back from the hospital after having her second leg amputated from the knee down.

Diane is a diabetic and had two strokes, and now she's confined to a wheel chair in her daughter Shauntel's home in Ecorse.

"They came out to do the estimate for the front and in the back but it's very expensive. Like $7,000," Shanuntel said.

It's an amount Shauntel says they simply can't afford. Insurance won't cover it either. She's using the money they do have to keep her mom at home and out of a nursing home. 

"I hate she can't get out and enjoy with our family," Shanuntel said.

As a nurse for 30 years, Diane is used to helping others not asking for help, but now she needs it.

"I'm used to being out in the working world," Diane said.

Shauntel says the hope is to get her mom prosthetic legs but she can't get to physical therapy or the specialist without being able to leave. She doesn't want to sit inside for another summer while her family has BBQs in the backyard.

Without a ramp she's literally stuck.

Anyone willing to donate labor or funds please contact Shauntel Henderson at ‭(248) 595-2734‬.

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