Dee Dee’s wheelchair confines her to home. Her family is fundraising for freedom – CBC

Government programs won’t fund all-terrain pushchair that can traverse reserve’s unpaved sidewalks, road

Aug 07, 2018

Dee Dee House spends most of her time in a rickety wheelchair, trapped in her parents’ home on the Paul First Nation reserve.

A wooden ramp runs from her room to the yard, but it drops off onto grass and mud. Her wheelchair’s worn tires can’t make it out to the dirt road.

Injured as a baby, Diedre Faye House (her family calls her Dee Dee) can’t walk or talk. With limited use of her arms, the 31-year-old relies on her brothers and her parents, now in their 60s.

What the family wants more than anything is a $2,500 all-terrain stroller, a mobility device that would allow them to help Dee Dee to do simple things, like visit her cousin across the road.

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