GONZALES — Laura Eldredge loves her two sons and wants to ensure they receive the necessary health care.
That has been a problem for the family. Eldredge’s sons, Taylor, 22, and Dakota, 20, are disabled and diagnosed with an unknown disorder, she said. Both use a wheelchair and are nonverbal. Taylor weighs 54 pounds, and Dakota weighs 84 pounds.
Laura said Taylor eats through g-tubes in his stomach and both are on PediaSure and baby food. Dakota can’t have anything by mouth.
Their conditions require frequent doctor visits, and the family’s current vehicle has prevented that from happening.
The 2005 Kia Sedona they have isn’t handicap-accessible on top of the typical problems vehicles that age run into.
“I have a broke-down Sedona,” she said. “We need a wheelchair-accessible van. I pray every single day. We can’t go anywhere because I can’t physically pick them up and get them in and out of the vehicle. I can’t go to any doctor’s appointments. My ex-husband has to bring them.”
Laura said her health has started deteriorating over the last two years. She said things got more complicated when her mother passed away because she would support them by helping out with the boys.
“It’s hard,” she said. “My mom passed away 15 years ago. She was the last one who gave us a break. It’s been hard. We never had a nurse. We are 24/7 taking care of the boys. I just want a vehicle. We sit in this house 24 hours a day. My boys don’t go anywhere. They go to doctors, and that’s it. I would love to get them the care they need. They need care, and they aren’t getting it. I would love to be able to take them to the zoo or mall. I ask myself, because we have hurricanes so often, ‘How would I evacuate if there was a hurricane?’ I want to show them something other than the walls in this house. That is my dream.”
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