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A Triumph of Resilience: Aubrey’s Journey with C.A.T.S.

In the face of adversity, the human spirit has the incredible capacity to not only endure but to triumph over challenges. One such inspiring story is that of then six-year-old Aubrey, who faced a sudden and traumatic accident that changed the course of her life forever. However, with the support of Children’s Assistive Technology Service (C.A.T.S.), Aubrey’s journey has become a testament to resilience, hope, and the transformative power of assistive technology.

In May of 2023, Aubrey experienced a sudden and unexpected accident that resulted in the traumatic amputation of both of her feet while riding in the family vehicle. Airlifted to the hospital, she found herself in the hands of a skilled team of surgeons who worked tirelessly to reimplant her feet. However, the road to recovery came with challenges, as Aubrey had to contend with multiple restrictions on positioning to ensure blood flow to her reattached feet. The question then became: How do you get a six-year-old out of bed for mental, emotional, and physical recovery under such circumstances?

Enter C.A.T.S., the organization that would play a pivotal role in Aubrey’s recovery journey. A Convaid Trekker wheelchair, located at the Roanoke office, became the key to achieving the necessary positioning while allowing Aubrey to get out of bed, move around her room, and navigate the hospital building. The Trekker’s functions, including elevating leg rests, tilt, and recline, provided the flexibility needed for Aubrey’s unique situation.

As Aubrey underwent several surgeries, the Convaid Trekker served as a safe space where she could dangle her feet for brief periods. Gradually progressing to spending more time with her feet down, the wheelchair became a symbol of her growing independence. With another C.A.T.S. wheelchair, Aubrey was able to venture out on her own, equipped with two wound vacs mounted to the wheelchair. Her enthusiasm echoed through the hospital as she wheeled across the bridge, declaring, “I’m escaping!” Just 35 days after entering the hospital, Aubrey returned home with her family.


Aubrey’s journey is far from over, as she continues to undergo multiple surgeries and therapies. The financial burden of these challenges is immense, but with the support of C.A.T.S., Aubrey is equipped with the necessary tools for her ongoing recovery. Insurance processing or purchase of such specialized and specific equipment, would have meant months of waiting for her first wheelchair, let alone three wheelchairs and a walker, would have potentially leaving left Aubrey in bed during that wait time. Aubrey’s optimism and perseverance shine through as she was able to participate as a dancer in the Nutcracker this past December. C.A.T.S. is honored to have been with her every step of the way.


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C.A.T.S. Goal is to raise $10,000 for our 10-year Anniversary.