A woman with severe disabilities is being told she no longer meets the criteria to keep her electric wheelchair.
Hove resident Belinda Formosa received the shock news in a letter from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust which said that, following a review of her medical history, she is no longer eligible for the vehicle.It's a miracle! Or, more likely, her previous assessments erred on the generous side.
The letter said that “in our consultant’s opinion based on the medical evidence they have available, it should be possible for you to both walk and self-propel a manual chair”.But despite news that anyone else would be thrilled to hear (Good news, you're not as disabled as you thought!), Belinda is not happy:
But Belinda said that because of several medical conditions, including spinal stenosis, cirrhosis of the liver, a pancreatic divisum, Dupuytren’s disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), she would be unable to do so.
She said: “I don’t like using the word disabled, I prefer to use the word adaptable instead.”You don't seem to be adapting very well, though, do you?