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Package containing stroller for Estacada girl with special needs stolen

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It's bad enough when local grinches steal the Christmas packages off your front porch, but now, Fox 12's Most Wanted has stolen a special delivery meant for a special needs child in Estacada. 

Bryten Figgins, 13, has defied odds since the day she was born. She was not expected to live for more than a few hours. 

Bryten suffers from a rare brittle bone disease that is so severe she cannot put weight on her legs or arms without breaking bones. 

"She breaks a bone about every 20 days," said Bryten’s mother, Teryl Figgins. 

Normal wheelchairs do not fit Bryten's special needs and they can be painful for her, especially after recent leg surgery.

The Figgins were able to get a $5,000 special adaptive stroller with grant money. The stroller, which was custom made for Bryten, arrived Monday. 

The package made it to the door, but never inside. It was stolen before the Figgins ever saw it and before Bryten could ever sit in it.

"It's a shame that somebody came and stole it," said Bryten. 

Her mother added, "Without this, she can't sit comfortably. It tilts and reclines, has pads and supports her."

With that kind of special stroller or wheelchair, Bryten can get out and go without fear she'll tip over and hurt herself. For Bryten, the special stroller was supposed to be a way to easily get around pain-free.

 "It was going to give her that independence -- not independence -- freedom, so she could go with people," said her mother. 

To say the Figgins were disappointed when they discovered the stroller had been stolen four days before Christmas is an understatement. It’s almost certain that whoever stole the huge box, which weighs more than 50 pounds, had no idea what they were taking and now probably have no idea what to do with it.

"My hope is they will open it and say, oh and then have the address and be able to return it," said Teryl. "If it's returned, I'm going to say thank you."

She just wants them to bring it back.

"It's Christmas," she said. "I will give them the gift of forgiveness."

Whether Bryten gets her special stroller back from the thief or not, the Convaid Company -- makers of children's wheelchairs and adaptive strollers -- has promised to build Bryten a new stroller as soon as it can.

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