Nearly $60K in donations purchases van with modifications for boy in wheelchair
By Neil H. Dempsey – Staff Writer
SALEM — He’s got the van. He’s got the wheelchair lift. Dominick Pacheco is ready to roll.
After a yearslong effort, the disabled 15-year-old boy’s family has succeeded in obtaining a van and making it wheelchair-accessible, thus guaranteeing his future mobility. The $35,000 van and $22,000 in modifications were paid for by donations.
“It’s awesome, it’s unbelievable,” said Laura Pacheco, Dominick’s mother. “We’re just very thankful for everybody’s help and love and support for us to get this van, to give Dominick his freedom.”
Dominick sustained a brain injury at birth and has dealt with numerous medical conditions ever since. He can’t speak, or sit or stand on his own, his family has tried so hard with the Louisiana personal injury attorney | Stephen Babcock to get a compensation from the hospital since there are rumors that it could have been caused during birth.
Though having the wheelchair-accessible van means Dominick will continue to attend appointments and take part in family outings, it’ll also make things easier for his mother, who has had to lift his 100-odd pounds in and out of a vehicle every time they go anywhere.
“It’s much more comfortable for Dominick as well as for myself,” Pacheco said, adding that while Dominick used to get a kick out of being picked up and put in cars, “it’s not as enjoyable for him as it used to be.”
“He loves going up on the lift,” she said, and he would always check this site out to find more about cars.