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AustraliaBoy using wheelbarrow finally gets new wheelchair

04:01  03 july  2019
04:01  03 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Angus Hopkins outgrew his manual wheelchair more than a year ago and his new wheels were delayed in NDIS red tape.

His mother, Jody Ezzy, had been using a wheelbarrow to get her son around their property near Toowoomba and was eventually forced to take her story public after being told the wait for his new $26,000 chair could be up to two years.

Boy using wheelbarrow finally gets new wheelchair© 9news This is how Gus was forced to get around.

Without a motorised wheelchair, Gus had no independence. He couldn’t get around by himself at home, let alone at school.

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The family were inundated with offers of money and equipment, but chose to decline them to put the spotlight on failures in the NDIS so they might help others navigating the system.

“There are a lot of problems in the NDIS upper management to ground roots,” Ms Ezzy told 9News.

Boy using wheelbarrow finally gets new wheelchair© AAP Gus enjoying his new wheels.

The family received no explanation or apology for the lengthy wait but are happy Gus finally has what he needs.

“He's been zooming up and down like a lunatic, we're going to have to put speed limit signs up I think,” Ms Ezzy said.

“The difference has been incredible. It’s basic things like he went to the mailbox this morning and got the mail and went and caught his horse himself.”

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