Disabled Methuen boy's $7,000 wheelchair stolen from outside family home

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METHUEN, Massachusetts — A Methuen woman says her disabled son is now housebound because someone stole his $7,000 wheelchair.

Margaret Kamau says she and her 10-year-old son, William, were going for a routine trip on Tuesday morning when the customized wheelchair disappeared. She tells The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1jmxMqC ) she put it beside her car then went inside to get William. When she came back out, it was gone.

The chair was purchased by her insurance company in November, and she's not sure they'll pay for another one.

William has a metabolic disorder that affects him both mentally and physically. He eats through a feeding tube and due to muscle weakness, is unable to get around without the chair, which must be pushed by another.

Police have searched but been unable to locate the chair.

Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Massachusetts), http://www.eagletribune.com

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