It Has Changed My Life…

A former NHS midwife who had to retire from work due to her health situation has benefitted from an Enable grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Mary Fadzil is living with Scwannomatosis (spinal tumours) which has resulted in paraplegia, and also suffers from Osteoporosis with limited function in her upper limbs.

Wheelchair-dependent, when she retired through ill-health she was able to keep the bespoke wheelchair she had received, but eventually, despite many repairs to the chair, it became no longer fit for use.

Mary then received a powered wheelchair from the NHS, but was very uncomfortable in it which led her to spend less time in the chair and increased her sense of isolation.

“An Enable grant has helped provide Mary with a new M3 Corpus Electric Wheelchair with bespoke features,” says Lindsey De Bartolo, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“This has helped Mary resume a fuller life including volunteering for two days a week at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool for the Macmillan charity, providing support and information to cancer patients and their families.

“Before the provision of this new bespoke wheelchair, Mary had found work difficult and uncomfortable, and had not been able to volunteer as much as she did previously.”

An Enable grant of almost £15,000 was awarded for the purchase of the new wheelchair.

“This grant enabled me to get the best motorised chair on the market, and has helped me to become more independent,” said Mary.

“I am able to carry out tasks independently at home, and also get out and about, including my volunteer work with Macmillan.

“It is very comfortable and has also enabled me to travel and go shopping independently.

“I just want to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart because this wheelchair has enabled me to be more independent and has changed my life.”

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