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Girl with special needs will get wheelchair modifications

Problem Solvers story brings attention to Sadie's plight
Posted at 2:25 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 14:34:04-04

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A 10-year-old girl who was previously told modifications for her wheelchair were "non-essential" is now scheduled for an appointment, thanks to a report by the FOX 17 Problem Solvers.

Sadie Beute has Cerebral Palsy and several other conditions that make her depend on a wheelchair to get around. But surgery last month to correct an issue with her spine meant she needed her wheelchair changed for better support.

The Beute family had been waiting weeks for paperwork to come about setting up an appointment to make those changes, but when Sadie's mom Audrey called last week, the Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics office told her they were not making appointments due to the stay at home order.

After our story aired Tuesday, it got the attention of Mary Free Bed's CEO. According the family, the report started many conversations at the rehabilitation hospital about what qualifies as essential services.

The Beutes are now scheduling an appointment to have Sadie's wheelchair modified.