Clara Elam receives help with wheelchair ramp

5:03 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Clara Elam

St. Louis (KSDK) - We have an update on a story that got a big reaction from concerned viewers.

A St. Louis woman confined to a wheelchair will soon be able to leave her home. We first told you about Clara Elam on Monday. She's been stuck in her house for more than one month recovering from a hospital stay.

Elam says she paid a contractor to build a wheelchair ramp outside her home, but he took her money and didn't finish the job.

After seeing our story, St. Louis Outreach stepped in to help.

"I want to go to church. I want to go to my doctor's appointments. I want to get out of this house. I've never been person that stayed in the house all day. And I'm very happy that they're doing this for me," said Elam.

"I subcontract through Heritage Home Improvement and when he heard about it, other friends of his and relatives decided they wanted to help Clara too. So we're going to do the ramp today, and then there's going to be some other things for the family that we're going to do," said contractor Ed Dowdy.

A team started working on the ramp this morning and they plan to finish sometime this week.


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