• Nov 26th 2013 at 9:45AM
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A family in Washington claims they'll have to cancel doctor's appointments, surgeries and possibly Christmas gifts after their car was stolen over the weekend.

Michael and Melissa Brown said they awoke to find the family's 1999 Plymouth Breeze gone from its usual parking spot outside of their townhouse in Tacoma, Wash.

The Browns told Q13 Fox the theft couldn't come at a worse time. Their son Curtis was born without ears or eardrums and without the family car he could miss important surgeries and appointments to correct his hearing. Michael is recovering from knee surgery and may miss physical therapy appointments. Melissa needs to bum a ride to work every day.

That's not the only bad news. The Browns told Q13 Fox if their Plymouth isn't found, funds saved for Christmas gifts will be used to buy a new car instead.



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      skimsoco76
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given there are transportation services that insurance companies, doctors and hospitals provide this sounds like a "give me free stuff" kind of thing.
        Jean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skimsoco76
        Not where I live. The only service is a Senior shuttle bus but they have a contract with a Senior Center and take them to breakfast and lunch. Your appointments can not be earlier than 9 AM ( breakfast bunch) and you MUST be picked up by 12 PM ( Lunch bunch) or they will not pick up again until 5 PM and you are stranded until 5. My sister -in-law, in her 80's has had to excuse herself at the Doctors office because they were runnung behind and would not be finished by 12 , so she had to rebook an appointment and leave so she would be ready to go before the cut off time.
        mielkele
        • 1 Year Ago
        @skimsoco76
        We don't have anything like that in my area in Virginia. There is transportation available for seniors only.
      virginia
      • 1 Year Ago
      please be advised that there are special busses and vans to take disabled children to appointments. please contact your school,docotor,hospital and social worker. they come to your home and to appointments and back again.
        earthlovenews
        • 1 Year Ago
        @virginia
        Sorry Virginia you are wrong. You have to pay for transport. No freebies. Sure, they refer you but it costs about $90 to $150 for each transport. I know, I'm disabled. Only freebie is emergency to the hospital, and then they charge you for the ride home.
          mielkele
          • 1 Year Ago
          @earthlovenews
          An ambulance in this area is no longer a provided services. They bill your insurance co. and you. I am assuming they have exceptions.
        ranger197172
        • 1 Year Ago
        @virginia
        Local churches might also have an ability to help them with transportation.
        Jean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @virginia
        It's all according to where you live. There is NOTHING like that in my county / city.
      cbs news
      • 1 Year Ago
      that's cold
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe the negative responses to this article. Believe it or not, there are people that aren't just looking for a hand out. How about some of you dig deep in your hearts and show some sort of empathy or compassion for these folks. Look around you, there are a LOT of families (Americans, not illegals) that are barely getting by financially. I cannot even imagine the struggle with having a child with special needs, and then to have to deal with lame ass jerks that write hateful comments. Shame on you.
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who steals a 14 year old Plymouth Breeze ?.....Was it unlocked......details are hard to come by !
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well Christmas is not about what you give your children in stuff but what is in your heart. Being poor is not a crime. They shouold talk to there insurance carrier to get the car replaced.
      • 1 Year Ago
      if you steal from a special needs family you should hang
      adamantthe1st21
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oprah , the rich liberals i am sure will buy a new car for those poor people.Wait a minute ! They are white and not in the front page.
      donahuepapad123
      • 1 Year Ago
      IT KILLS ME how we can pass judgement on an artical like this with out knowing any of the details , ??? and even then where do i get off passing judgement on anyone ? im such an aasssshhoollee , dont follw my example please , THANKS AND HAVE A GREAT " THANKS-GIVING " we have so much to be thankful about .
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me start by saying, my preference would be for this women to get her car back in working order or that some kind hearted soul donate a car. That having been said: The services that most people are talking about are not local bus or dial a ride type transportation. But, programs often through your government funded health care, ie; Medicare or Medicaid. County clinics are also a good place to find information. They usually pay for tax or medical transport type transportation to pick you up at your door drop you off at the doctors office and then bring you home again. You would need to contact social workers at your local welfare office or some other government assistance type agency. You give me this womans general area of residents and I can all but guarantee you I can find her medical transportation for her son.
      us118
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they find this car and it is in good condition.
      Diane!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huffington Post: Why is there no instructions for readers who would like to help???
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