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NY1 For You: Broken Wheelchair Charger May Soon Leave City Resident Powerless

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One disabled Manhattan man is waiting anxiously for help to repair his wheelchair before he becomes trapped in his home. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

This trip outside may soon be the last for James Kavanagh, whose broken wheelchair charger is about to lose its charge for good.

"You can't charge the chair, you're not going anywhere," he says.

That's the bind Kavanagh is in three years after buying his wheelchair through Medicare from The Scooter Store, which has since gone out of business. Kavanagh says Medicare gave him a list of wheelchair providers, but not one of them can help him find a new charger.

"I paid money for it, thousands," he says. "So I mean, you should have some responsibility."

The senior citizen lives on a fixed income and says he can't afford to buy a new chair but worries what will happen to him without a working one.

"I'm panicked," he says. "I've got to have a life. I've got to be able to get to the doctors."

After Kavanagh called NY1 For You, we called Medicare. After looking into Kavanagh's case, a spokeswoman said they are now working with Kavanagh to try and get him a replacement charger.

Hopefully sooner than later, as Kavanagh waits nervously, worried he'll become a prisoner in his own home.

NY1 For You will keep you updated.

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