NY1 For You: Lack Of Elevator Keeps Boy Who Uses A Wheelchair Homebound For Months
Some elderly and disabled residents in a Queens building have been stuck in their homes for months at a time, as a result of broken elevators still out from Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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Ten-year-old Quentin Morales, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, has not left his home in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens in over two months.
"He can't go to school, he has doctors' appointments with specialists he can't go to," says Joanne Morales, a relative.
The boy lives on the seventh floor of Ocean Breeze at Arverne By The Sea, where the elevators are still out from Hurricane Sandy.
The fourth grader has had to be home-instructed since he cannot get out to go to school, where he should receive essential services.
"That's where he gets his physical therapy, his occupational therapy, his speech therapy," says Joanne Morales. "My biggest fear is that, god forbid, there's a fire or any type of emergency, we're trapped here."
A 72-year-old neighbor, Jesus Torres, feels trapped as well.
"It's been terrible without the elevator. It's 86 steps because I count it every time I go downstairs," says Torres.
"Every month, it's the same story, 'three to six months.' So no one knows really how long that three to six months is going to go on for," says Joanne Morales.
Residents say management has not given them any specifics on when the elevators will be back up and running but they say they believe management is dragging its feet.
"They're not taking into consideration that there's elderly people here, there's people who are in wheelchairs, disabled kids," says Joanne Morales. "I don't think they care about that situation and that's where it really effects me."
NY1 contacted management for the building and the station is waiting to hear back.
In the meantime, NY1 reached out to the Department Of Buildings and the Office Of Emergency Management to see what could be done to help the disabled and elderly residents living there.
NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.