Adelaide's mother begged the thief to return her daughter's stolen medical equipment

 
[Social News]     2019-08-20
The device allows Jessica to speak through a screen connected to her wheelchair to see different words, icons and numbers. (Australian Broadcasting Co...

The device allows Jessica to speak through a screen connected to her wheelchair to see different words, icons and numbers. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Pictures


Recently, a mother from Adelaide begged thieves to return a device that could help their daughter with cerebral palsy speak through eye movement.

The$25,000-worth of Tobi EyeGaze computer was stolen Saturday night from an unlocked car parked on Largs Bay Avenue, the ABC reported.

It is understood that her 13-year-old daughter Jessica has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak.

The device allows Jessica to speak by looking at different words, icons, and numbers through a screen connected to her wheelchair, and then the device reads out what she wants to say.

"Unfortunately, the device was stolen in the car on Saturday night," Amitard (Armitstead) told ABC.

The item looks like a laptop and is customized to Jessica`s needs, with the photo of her family and animals.

Jessica`s school is (Adelaide West Special Education Centre), Adelaide Western Special Education Center, which has lent her another speech device that can be used for eye tracking.


The thief was urged to return the equipment

Amestre said she hoped the thieves would be able to get the device, and she would "let bygones be bygones".

SA police said the theft took place between 10:30 on Saturday night and 6: 45 a.m. on Sunday.

"anyone who sees or hears any suspicious behavior in the area or has information about the whereabouts of any special equipment, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 and you can choose to be anonymous," the police said in a statement.

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