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UPDATE: Home Health United to provide new wheelchair for Baraboo teen

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATED Tuesday, April 8, 2014 --- 2:43 p.m.

Home Health United will provide a new wheelchair for a Baraboo teen.

16-year-old Drew Nachreiner was hit by a car last month while crossing an intersection. He was not hurt, but his wheelchair was broken.

Drew's mom told NBC15 the driver takes full responsibility for what happened but his insurance company, Geico, won't pay the $25,000 needed to replace the wheelchair.

Tuesday, the President and CEO of Home Health United said the company will provide a new wheelchair for Drew. The new chair is expected to arrive in about ten days.

Drew is a patient of Home Health United.

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Posted Monday, April 7, 2014 --- 9:59 p.m.

If you only heard Drew Nachreiner's laugh, you'd never know how difficult the past couple weeks have been for him.

"I'm upset, but I don't let that upset feeling bother me because I just want to live my life the best I can," Nachreiner said.

On March 27, Nachreiner says he was crossing the road at the intersection of East St. and 2nd St. in Baraboo, when a car hit him.

"I was kind of in shock when it happened because I kind of blacked out for a split second," he said. "So I didn't really know what happened until I hit the ground and skidded. And I kind of woke up and I was like, oh my God I got hit by a car."

Even though the 16-year-old wasn't hurt, the crash left him unable to move around on his own. Nachreiner has cerebral palsy, a disorder that makes it so he can't walk and limits his strength throughout the rest of his body. He relies on his power wheelchair to be his arms and legs. Unfortunately the chair is now broken.

"His life is completely different without his power chair," said Nachreiner's mom, Stephanie Shanks.

"I can't even eat dinner normally," Nachreiner said. "I have to have my food on my lap, balance it on my lap. If you can imagine, that's pretty challenging."

Drew's mom says the driver takes full responsibility for what happened but his insurance company, Geico, won't pay the $25,000 needed to replace the wheelchair.

"I got an email right away saying they weren't going to be able to cover his wheelchair because it was under property damage and the man was under insured," she said. "The problem is, it's not property, it's not a motorcycle, it's not a home. It's part of Drew."

Geico didn't offer any details about its policy when NBC 15 called Monday. It said in a statement, "... we're actively working to resolve the matter."

In the meantime the Baraboo community is rallying behind the family. Friends have started a website where people can go to donate money and they posted a video on YouTube that's already received more than 30,000 views.

"People have been calling me, asking me how they can help," Shanks said. "I know Drew will get his chair back."

"[I am] happy people are so generous," Nachreiner said.

To help Drew Nachreiner and his family get a new wheelchair, go to:
http://www.artistsalive.org/help-drew


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