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Hospice patient receives generous gift

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A Joplin woman confined to a wheelchair is thanking Mercy Hospital for allowing her to enjoy the little things in life again - like being outdoors and taking car rides.

Thanks to some generous volunteers, a safer wheelchair ramp is now being built at her home.

"It's unbelievable. They're giving me my freedom. Something I haven't had in a long time. The ability to go out, to sit in the sun, get some fresh air, I haven't had that in weeks...months actually." Says Terry Murray.

A gift that many people see as small means the world to her. Terry is a hospice patient with terminal cancer. 

Thanks to the Mercy Help Foundation, she will no longer be secluded to the chair in her home and will be able to move safely outside thanks to her new, up-to-date wheelchair ramp. 

"The new ramp is absolutely going to be more wider. It will be more stable, more secure, so it's easier for Wes to get Terry in and out so he can wheel her in and out without having to try to pull her up that narrow ramp." says Miranda Lewis, Director of Development for the Mercy Help Foundation.

Terry's old ramp had barely an inch of room between the edge and the wheel of her chair. The ramp also did not have any railings, which made it unsafe and unstable. Being extra cautious caused her to add extra time to moving - approximately 20 minutes.

Her new ramp will be nearly double the size of the current one, which could play a major factor in Murray's safety.

"A vital part of this ramp is being able to give her the ability to get out in a dangerous situation. In a storm, in a fire, she didn't have that ability before." says Lewis.

The volunteers hope to have the ramp completely and ready for use by Sunday.

 

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