Man Builds Custom Wheelchair to Help Woman with Dwarfism


FREEPORT (WIFR) – A Freeport man used his talents to create what could be one of the first wheelchairs for someone with dwarfism.

“I could never go anywhere by myself.”

It’s been a struggle for Barb Turner to get around her house recently. She was born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, a condition she says has gotten worse in the last few years, so much so, Barb says she needed a wheelchair.

“I’d have to use a wheelchair or my walker, it was kind of hard."

Barb spent two years looking for a company to build a custom wheel chair for someone like her.

She says she felt like a kid with a new toy when she first got the wheelchair.

“I got to know Barb and realized how she’s been living in the condition that she’s had to endure these few years without having something nice to even sit in,” said Brian Crowe, who built Barb’s wheelchair.

It only took Crowe a month to build the motorized chair, using parts form a regular wheelchair and monetary donations through RAMP. He says most people with dwarfism are taught to adapt to the normal height world which isn’t easy.

“The idea was to give her independence.”

It’s that new found independence Barb says will make maneuvering through life a lot easier.

Barb says she’ll finally be able to go shopping by herself. Crow says someone donated a $24,000 wheelchair through RAMP for him to build Barb’s chair.


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