KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Danielson mom who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around is now fighting to try to keep her daughter.
Christina Ormerod has made a video to show how her daughter Emily gets on her chair before she takes the less than half a mile ride to school.
“Arms go down and she sits behind me,” Ormerod says in the video.
The seven year old even wears a seat belt but that’s apparently not good enough for family services which Ormerod says wants to take her daughter away because it doesn’t think the wheelchair is a safe way to transport her.
“That child is my absolute life,” says Ormerod who would be devastated if they were separated. “I would never let anything happen to her at all.”
She spoke with News8 Friday and says the complaints come from Emily’s father who now wants full custody of their daughter. We called him but had to leave a message.
We also asked Ormerod why she doesn’t have her daughter walk beside her wheelchair. She tells us, “They said that was even more unsafe which again I brought up the fact that people who are capable do it all the time.”
Ormerod has Spina Bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and membranes are not completely closed around the spinal cord.
She has always faced challenges but this may be her biggest.
Friends are hoping to raise enough money to buy her a handicapped accessible van with hand controls so she has another way to transport Emily and keep 50/50 custody of her.
“I just wish people would believe in me more and believe in people with disabilities more,” says Ormerod.
The fundraiser will take place at the VFW in Danielson on November 21st.