Original article from Kent Live
A Gravesend woman has been left distraught after her mobility scooter was stolen from the boot of her car – only two weeks after she left hospital.
Mandy Brandon, who lives in the Waterman's Park area, has suffered from knee problems since she was just eight – and her most recent surgery was the second she'd received on her knee in four years.
The Blue Livewell Jaunt scooter was the 53-year-old's only real means of leaving the house due to surgery leaving her on crutches, and was taken from the boot of her car on the afternoon of Sunday (June 27).
Her daughter Samantha relayed the discovery of the theft to KentLive, noticing that the contents of Mandy's boot were strewn around the grass outside her house:
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"I came home Sunday evening, and I noticed that the contents of her boot were just lying on the grass verge behind her car.
"I went in and said to her – 'do you realise the contents of your boot's on the grass?', and she asked me to go and check if her scooter was still in the boot.
"When I came back to say 'no, your scooter's not there,' she just burst into tears.
"We just feel a bit helpless."
The scooter was only two months old – a recent purchase to help Mandy get around, and had been bought ahead of the surgery – which was an ordeal in itself.
Mandy originally had a knee replacement in April 2017, but following complications required a revision surgery, carried out at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London.
This original revision surgery was cancelled and rescheduled a total of four times due to the pandemic – and was finally carried out on June 14 2021.
According to her daughter, Mandy hadn't left the house yet after her surgery, and had only been able to use the scooter once before it was stolen.
However, Samantha explained that the most frustrating part of the story was in what was actually taken:
"They didn't take the seat or the battery of the scooter, so it isn't even worth anything to them.
"It's just frustrating because she was so embarrassed about having to use one, and she'd finally gotten to the point of accepting it and being OK about it.
"To then not be able to is gutting."
As it was raining when the car was broken into, the police told Mandy that there was nothing they could really do – as fingerprints would likely have washed away, and locating the scooter would have been difficult even with forensic evidence.
The scooters retail for between £650 and £750.
"There's not really much she can do – the contents of her car isn't covered on the insurance," Samantha added.
For Mandy, this may be more than about the money or property lost, though – as her mobility has been taken from her in what was a moment of acute vulnerability.