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Eva goes off-road

Published 28th April, 2016
5 year-old Eva Molloy is looking forward to spending more time exploring the great outdoors thanks to a wheelchair attachment that allows her to tackle tricky terrain.

Eva has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and receives support from Therapy Focus through the NDIS My Way trial. Eva uses a walker to get around and requires a wheelchair when going out into the community with her family.

Seeing how difficult it was for their daughter to navigate difficult terrain in her wheelchair, Eva’s parents, Shane and Sylvia Molloy, sought help from Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Dearbhla O’Reilly.

“We are fortunate to have a property with a lovely sized backyard but it’s very sandy. Eva would always fatigue by the time she got to the trampoline, which discouraged her from going into the yard unless we were able to carry her,” Sylvia said.

This sentiment was echoed by her therapist Dearbhla, who noted that Eva’s lack of access to the outdoors was affecting her development, as well as her confidence and capacity to socialise.

“Eva loves to be active and it is very important for her physical development to be able to access outdoor play areas at home and in the community,” Dearbhla said.

With assistance from Dearbhla, Eva’s family applied for the wheelchair attachment known as a FreeWheel. The FreeWheel is an additional wheel that clamps to the front of a rigid or folding frame wheelchair to allow the chair to be pushed over rough and uneven terrain.

Since receiving the attachment, Eva has been able to experience Perth in a new light. She’s explored Kings Park, taken her dogs for walks and is looking forward to going camping with her family.

“Eva’s had an incredible boost to her independence. She’s still learning that she can now go where she couldn’t before and the impressed and surprised look on her face is incredibly heart-warming,” Sylvia said.

“I am so thankful to Dearbhla for recommending and supporting us through this decision. It has made an incredible improvement to how Eva accesses the public and how she accesses her home.”

For more information about the FreeWheel visit www.gofreewheel.com.

Eva Molloy using her FreeWheel

 

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