Milwaukee woman's stolen wheelchair replaced by kind stranger

MILWAUKEE,WI - A complete stranger helps one woman start the New Year on a high note. The Good Samaritan donated a wheelchair - after learning the woman was targeted by thieves. FOX's A.J. Bayatpour has more.

Just one day after FOX6 News shared the story on Thursday, December 31st of a Milwaukee woman whose van and wheelchair were stolen, a kind viewer has replaced that wheelchair.

The response has truly been incredible. About ten people reached out to FOX6 News after the report on Kathlyn Sublett losing her van and wheelchair. Friday, January 1st we were there when one of those viewers visited Sublett's apartment with a New Year's Day surprise.

"This is so exciting," said Kathlyn Sublett, had van and wheelchair stolen.

Liz Klepp says putting her wheelchair back together is no chore -- not on this day.

"It's a big deal. You know, when somebody is in need of something and you can help them -- help them," said Klepp.

Klepp, from Wauwatosa, is helping Sublett after seeing her story on FOX6 News.

Nearly two weeks ago, someone stole Sublett's van from the parking lot at her west side apartment complex. When the van turned up in the city tow lot, it had been in an accident and was badly damaged.

Worse yet...

"My wheelchair and everything was gone. My doctor is going to be so upset. It took us over a year to get the wheelchair," said Sublett.

"It just struck a bone in me and said it's time she needs a wheelchair so I called and you answered," said Klepp.

Klepp coordinated with FOX6 and Sublett's downstairs neighbor, Brenda. Friday morning, the women took the wheelchair to Sublett's apartment.

"Happy New Year!" Liz said walking in.