|Mobile Woman, Linda Brown|
Please describe your disability?
I had a car accident in 2008 and broke my back at T12/L2.
I have an incomplete spinal cord injury and use a wheelchair for mobility. I do have slight movement in my legs, especially the left leg and no bladder nor bowel control. I have a colostomy bag for my bowels and use pads or nappies (diapers) for my bladder.
Please describe where you live? Are you in a city or rural location?
I live in a rural location in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with a population of just over 9,000.
Have you been able to receive, in your mind, adequate medical care in your area? Has the quality of medical care changed since the onset of your disability?
Medical care in private hospitals are adequately prepared but not the state hospitals. They are always out of medication or colostomy bags. Medical care has not improved at all, since my disability.
With regard to wheelchairs, durable medical equipment and medical supplies, do you have access to items suitable for your needs?
I do not have access to proper medical equipment because of the high prices demanded for wheelchairs etc.
In terms of accessibility needs, what are your living arrangements? Is your home modified for your needs, and do you feel like you're able to live as independently as possible?
|Linda and her daughter, Chante|