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Washington family searching for daughter's lost wheelchair

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A Washington family is looking for their daughter's wheelchair that fell out of a truck possibly in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland or around Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. 

Charlotte Shepherdson of Port Orchard said the family traveled to Portland’s OHSU July 1 to take 4-year-old daughter Hannah to a medical appointment for her spinal muscular atrophy. It’s a genetic disorder affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord that leaves Hannah unable to walk. 

Shepherdson said she’s never lost the chair before, but it turned into one of those days — it went missing twice that Friday. She first accidentally left the wheelchair in the parking lot while loading up her kids. She was relieved when she later called the hospital and they told her they had it. 

Her brother-in-law was still in Portland doing errands and offered to pick it up. Shepherdson said he didn’t realize that the tailgate of his truck was open until a motorcyclist in Vancouver flagged him down. Some of his tools had fallen out, and so had the wheelchair.

“We’re just hopeful if someone does find it,” Shepherdson said Sunday.  

Some family members have delayed the return to Washington as they look for the chair: calling road departments and passing out fliers. 

Shepherdson said her brother-in-law last saw the chair in the back of his truck near N. Allegheny Rd. in Portland.

“It definitely has really impacted Hannah, and she’s really upset and wants her wheelchair back,” Shepherdson said. “She needs her independence, because she is very aware of this and it’s kind of discouraging. Just imagine if you were stationary and you wanted to go play with your cousins and have a good time.”

The wheelchair is worth about $5,000, and Shepherdson said another family loaned them the expensive chair so Hannah could use it. She said Hannah has almost outgrown the chair.

“We really were looking forward to blessing another family with it after she had outgrown it, so it’s all these things rolled into one for why it’s so important for us to get it back," Shepherdson said.

On a playground Sunday afternoon, it’s quite apparent Hannah loves playing with her cousins and doesn’t want to  be left out. The adorable girl used the swing just like the other kids, smiling and laughing. But asked about her wheelchair, Hannah suddenly turns serious. 

“Please help me find my wheelchair,” Hannah said. 

The wheelchair is described as a Panthera brand with a royal blue and black frame. It has three wheels, handle on the back and a silver sequined belt.

If you find the wheelchair, contact Portland Police.

Family members are also raising money to purchase Hannah a bigger chair. If you’d like to help out you can visit the GoFundMe page here.

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