Beaumont man hopes for new wheelchair, independence after Harvey

Beaumont man hopes for new wheelchair, independence after Harvey

BEAUMONT -  31-year-old Jacob Reed was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis, or MS, when he was 24. When hurricane Harvey hit, he lost his house and his electric wheelchair.

"That was basically my legs, since mine don't work anymore. Those were my robot legs," he joked.

8.5 ft. of water flooded his house. Without his wheelchair, getting to safe ground was hard.

"I used the cane on my right side, and I leaned on my left to lean on the wall to get to the front door," he said.

Thankfully, first responders and volunteers helped him and his family escape, but just thinking about the past week left him speechless and upset.

Right now, Jacob is using a regular wheelchair. He said rolling himself just a few feet feels like a few miles.

"Due to the MS, my left arm is pretty much losing it's strength. Most of the time I'll just rest it, and I'll just lean my body and push this wheel forward and go as much as I can," he said.

Reed said losing his wheelchair isn't just going to affect him.

"That was the way I was able to get down the street and take my daughter to the bus when she was going to school. I would take her to church. I would drive myself and her, sit her on my lap and we would go to church back and forth," he said.

Reed said life was already hard enough, and this made it even more difficult.

"It's like Hell if I could imagine hell," Reed said. 

Since the story aired, Reed has been offered a wheelchair and batteries by people in the community. 

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