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The SCOOTER Store Gives Power Wheelchair to Good Samaritan Critically Injured Trying to Save Others
Date:11/26/2008

Gift of Mobility Lets Local Hero be Mobile and Independent While He Awaits Prosthetic Leg

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Life changed in less than a minute for Darrel Baker, 36, when he stopped to help another motorist and suddenly found himself in need of rescue. A freak accident caused amputation of Mr. Baker's right leg. With a year to wait before he is ready for a prosthetic leg, Mr. Baker is excited to regain mobility and independence with a power wheelchair donated by The SCOOTER Store.

It has been a month full of surgeries since the fateful night in October when Mr. Baker and his wife, Brenda, noticed another car had flipped over and hit a telephone pole.

As someone who "wouldn't think twice about stopping for someone needing help," Mr. Baker remembers stopping his car, approaching the wreck, and "suddenly out of nowhere my feet went flying out from underneath me." A passing car had pulled a downed guide wire, the wire had hooked him and he was dragged 35 feet. "I was lying on my face in the gravel and literally had to lift myself up," he says. "My right foot was upside down."

With 13 broken ribs, a broken sternum, an amputated leg, and an aggressive infection, Mr. Baker was just released from the hospital to his parents' nearby home to recover for the next few months. With only a walker to help him move very short distances, Mr. Baker says a power wheelchair would "mean a lot" to him. Purchasing a power wheelchair was out of question; Mr. Baker is self-employed, has no health insurance and faces huge medical bills.

Fortunately, Mr. Baker's friends contacted The SCOOTER Store to share his heroic story and ask for help for someone who is always ready to help others. The SCOOTER Store acted immediately and arranged for delivery through its Gift of Mobility program. Today, Mobility Manager Alan Weaver and Medical Review Nurse Jane Henry, from The SCOOTER Store's Knoxville, TN location gave the chair to Mr. Baker. To make the gift, The SCOOTER Store teamed with the ADL Foundation www.adlfoundation.org, a non-profit organization that helps uninsured adults obtain mobility equipment.

Doug Harrison, CEO and Founder of The SCOOTER Store, declares: "Mr. Baker is a hero and an example of a hard working American who tried to do an extraordinary thing. The SCOOTER Store proudly honors his good deed and wants to pass some goodwill to him, and his family with this gift of a power wheelchair. We are glad to help him regain his mobility and independence as he heals."

Mr. Harrison and his wife, Susanna, started the Gift of Mobility program in December 2002 to help people like Mr. Baker improve their quality of life by recovering their independence and mobility. Since then, the outreach program has worked with organizations around the world to donate power wheelchairs and scooters and manual wheelchairs valued at more than $200,000 a year to individuals and community service organizations, enabling them to provide freedom and independence to people with limited mobility.

About The SCOOTER Store

Since 1991, The SCOOTER Store has helped provide freedom and independence to more than 375,000 people with limited mobility. The SCOOTER Store offers a full line of durable medical equipment, including power wheelchairs and scooters, lifts, ramps and accessories in 48 states, including Puerto Rico, with 2 locations in Tennessee. The SCOOTER Store makes house calls on more than 10,000 homes every month to service people's power mobility needs. The SCOOTER Store has worked with more than 130,000 physicians, providing expertise and quality service to their patients, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

CONTACT: Lynn Gonzales, Communications Manager of The SCOOTER Store, +1-830-626-4064


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