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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a support fixture for a powered wheelchair for a woman with a progressive neurological disorder to travel independently away from the hospital with all her required medical pumps and support devices. This young woman is dependent on getting her food and medications through pumps attached to her powered wheelchair by a customized bracket. As her medical needs have increased she needed three additional pumps to meet her needs, but the bulk and weight of the additional pumps make it nearly impossible for her to travel independently or leave the hospital due to the difficulties in transporting her wheelchair and all her equipment. A TAD volunteer visited the woman in the hospital, accessed her chair, and formulated a solution—a fixture that supports all five pumps on the back of the powered chair. The fixture featured brackets which held a longer central pole, two extra upright tubes on either side of the headrest, and custom made attachments for IV fluids. This set up allowed the woman to leave the hospital and go see her favorite football team for the first time in several years as well as gain greater independence. TITLE: Natalie’s Freedom. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 3, December 2012: p. 11. PAGES: 2 with cover.
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