Like all adaptive equipment, the special car seat was expensive and although it is the law that a child is secured in a car seat while traveling in a vehicle, neither health insurance nor Medicaid would pay for it. Thankfully, we were able to receive funds from the fundraiser, the Great American Bike Race (GABR) which helps families pay for services and equipment that insurance doesn't cover for kids with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.
After doing research on the Internet and talking to Faith's physical and occupational therapists, we decided to go for the Special Tomato adaptive car seat. You would think something with that name would be red, but it was in fact, purple.
|Faith in her adaptive car seat, The Special Tomato|
As Faith grew, it became more of a chore to get her out of her wheelchair and into her special car seat, especially when she wasn't very happy about going somewhere and she wouldn't relax her muscles. It was also a chore because we had to take her wheelchair apart, put the seat of her chair in the passenger seat and the base in the trunk. Thankfully, just when it seemed she had outgrown the Special Tomato, altogether, our disability case manager found an accessible van that we purchased just last summer.
We have been wanting to donate the Special Tomato seat to a family who just like us at one time, really needs it. Just today our case manager may have found a new home for it. We really hope the seat works out for their child. It is such a good feeling being able to give it to someone else and we hope it serves them as well as it served us.
|When Faith was in her Special Tomato, we had to put the seat to her wheelchair in the passenger seat|
in our car and the base to her chair in our trunk.
|Thanks to our van, we didn't have to worry anymore about Faith outgrowing her adaptive car seat|
|Our van makes transporting our growing girl so much easier!|