Group builds wheelchair ramp for man following storm damage from Matthew

Group builds wheelchair ramp for man following storm damage from Matthew

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach man who lost his second leg to Type 2 diabetes weeks after Hurricane Matthew damaged his home found himself getting a helping hand.

According to information on Tidelands Health's website, Scott Christman was able to maintain his independence through the use of a prosthetic leg following the loss of his first leg. He regularly walked more than a quarter of a mile to public transportation so he could get to lifesaving dialysis treatments needed to combat renal failure.

Now, after losing the second leg on Nov. 1, the man needed a ramp to get in and out of his house, according to Tidelands Health.

However, following the necessary repairs to his house after the storm, Christman and his family were not able to afford the project. Three times per week, ambulance personnel carried him out of the home so he could be transported for dialysis.

Eventually, a group at Tidelands NextStep Rehabilitation Services and Coastal Structures Corporations stepped in to help get the ramp built.

"We wanted to honor the spirit of the season by giving back," said John LaRochelle, Tidelands NextStep Service's vice president. "Given everything Scott had been through, there was no question we wanted to help. The hard part was figuring out how we could get it done."

Construction began at about 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, according to information on Tidelands' website. A team of four employees from Coastal Structures, backed by a crew from Tidelands NextStep, began work by digging holes for the support posts. Work wrapped up by about 3 p.m.

"They did a really good job, more than I thought they would do" Christman said.

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