Tessa Schmidt ‘ecstatic’ about return of wheels

By Viviana Zanocco, CBC News Posted: Feb 17, 2014 4:55 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 17, 2014 4:58 PM PT

Tessa Schmidt will get wheelchair

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The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has reconsidered a decision to deny a replacement power wheelchair to a disabled woman.

Tessa Schmidt, who has spastic cerebral palsy, has been relying on a manual wheelchair since her power chair repeatedly broke down.

The Ministry initially told Schmidt she’d have to wait until June for a proper replacement, as she’s eligible for a new power wheelchair only every five years.

But Minister Don McRae says that decision has been re-evaluated.

Staff looked at the issue, reconsidered (and) common sense prevailed,” he said. “It just makes sure the process goes through the actual channels it needs to.”

Needless to say, Schmidt is ecstatic.

“It’s super exciting. It means I’ve got freedom to run my dog training business and can be able to be free to go out places and do things and live my life.”

The new power wheelchair will arrive sometime over the next few days.

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