DICKINSON, Texas — A Dickinson-area paraplegic is finally fully mobile again more than a year after Hurricane Harvey.
The flood destroyed a much-needed piece of medical equipment. Two generous companies helped KHOU 11 answer her call for help.
“I couldn’t live without it,” said Renee Martin of her Hoyer Lift, a device used to move her from the bed to her wheelchair and back again.
Lately, she’s been living with a broken one that is duct-taped and missing one of its legs. A second lift was destroyed when water crept into Martin’s apartment complex during Harvey.
“They told me to apply for FEMA,” said Martin. “I applied but got denied.”
Martin emailed KHOU 11 after seeing how we’ve helped others who’ve felt forgotten after Harvey.
“This was my only route to try and find out who could help me get one,” said Martin.
Nicole McClinton was happy to help us help Martin when we randomly called her company, Prestige One Medical Supply in League City.
“In this day and time, everyone needs a helping hand,” said McClinton.
The business opened a month after Harvey hit.
“There’s a need, and as long as there’s a need, we will be here to supply the need,” said McClinton.
McClinton surprised Martin with a new lift when she thought we were leaving after our interview.
“You’re now our family,” said McClinton.
McClinton recruited Medical Equipment Delivery Services, or MEDS, to deliver and assemble the lift and split its $1,000+ cost.
“And this is an absolute blessing, it is,” said Martin.
Martin plans to donate her used lift to a charity which may be able to get it fixed. That way she can pass a blessing onto someone else.