Paralyzed teen hopes for new handicap accessible van

An accident as a baby left 17-year-old Keoriah Darden paralyzed from the waist down and she said it's led to bullying at school, now she's just hoping for a handicap van (Photo: WSET)

HALIFAX Co. (WSET) -- Many teenagers wish for a new car, but one local teen, is just hoping for a van that she can get in.

Keoriah Darden is 17 and just wants to be like every other teen.

An accident as a baby left her paralyzed from the waist down and she said it's led to bullying at school.

"They just talk about the fact that I'm in a wheelchair," explained Darden. "I just don't understand why they do it."

Her grandfather who she says was her main caretaker, died in May.

"Right now, we still have my grandfather's van, somebody lifts me up, that's not always easy, because the only one who could really lift me is my brother or my cousin," Darden said. "If I want to go somewhere, I'm not always able to go."

"She can't even get in the car," said Janet Mason, Keoisha's Aunt.

Their wish is for a handicap vehicle.

"I haven't been able to do a lot, because I don't have transportation all the time," added Darden.

There's a roadblock.

"Her health insurance is not going to pay for a handicap van," said Mason.

She said health insurance does not pay for any portion of wheelchair vans and soon they will run out of money to cover the $350 monthly car payments for her grandfather's car.

A wheelchair van is the new goal.

"She could go more places and she don't have to worry about anyone picking her up, she could just roll into the van," added Mason.

With a smile on her face, and a can-do attitude, Darden hopes that a handicap-friendly van will just help her feel like the kid she is.

"The first thing I would do is go see my best friend," explained Darden.

To help Keoriah get a new van, click here, to access her GoFundMe Page.

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