Disabled woman says her scooter was stolen in Lawncrest

- A disabled woman says her scooter was stolen from outside of her house in the city's Lawncrest section. 

49-year-old Dorothy Williford looked out the window when FOX 29's Bruce Gordon paid her a visit, but she can't spend much time enjoying Thursday’s sunny skies and brisk weather.

"Right now, I'm just stuck, she said. “I'm glued to the house

A diabetic, Dorothy lost her right leg to amputation back in 2015  Several weeks ago, her left big toe was surgically removed.

"I can walk,” she tells FOX 29's Bruce Gordon, “But not far!"

That's why her battery-powered Pride GoGo scooter was such a godsend. It took her months to get it, but it gave Dorothy the freedom to live her life.

"Anywhere I wanted to go, I could go on that scooter.  If I want to catch the bus, I have the scooter.  Me and my grandkids," she said.

And now?

"Now, oh no, I can't go anywhere!"

Sometime Sunday night, Dorothy says a thief-- or thieves-- made off with her scooter from its parking spot right in front of her home on the 5900 block of Palmetto Street in Philadelphia’s Lawncrest section.

Her reaction?

"Who would want to take a scooter?  Are you serious?" 

She has had a hard life. Back in May of 2015, Dorothy's 23-year-old son Jeremiah was murdered right around the corner from their home. Then, came the amputations and the loss of mobility, which is why the scooter brought such joy, and its theft, such pain

All that's left is the battery and charger, sitting-- worthless-- on the window sill.

Now, Dorothy stares at an online image of her ride as she waits for news from her medical provider about when she might expect a replacement.

Her 3-year-old grandson Chase came by as FOX 29 was leaving. Dorothy says he’s broken up as well.    

 

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