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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 Nurs
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