Fletcher Stuck In Locked, Upright Position
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 13, 2004
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--Steven Fletcher, Canada's first quadriplegic member of parliament, recently purchased a new motorized wheelchair.
Fletcher was tired of shuttling his electric wheelchair -- which he operates through a switch he taps with his head -- back and forth from the nation's capital to his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The new chair has an added feature that allows the six-foot, four-inch politician to stand upright.
It arrived on the very day the Conservative was set to push Canada's Health Minister to open a Hepatitis C fund to cover more people.
Fletcher got strapped into the chair, tapped the switch, then stood up for the first time since his 1996 car accident.
"It was nice," he told the Toronto Star. "I felt great."
Great, that is, until he couldn't get it to sit him back down.
It took several hours for a technician to fix the chair so it could return Fletcher to a sitting position again.
"Ups and downs of MP's life" (Toronto Star)