Community rallies to help paralyzed Chesterfield toddler come home

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MOSELEY, Va. (WRIC) —  A Chesterfield toddler paralyzed in July by a rare polio-like illness is finally coming home.

“I think it’ll be just great to have our entire family together,” says Robin Roberts.

Her son, Carter, has spent the past two months at a rehabilitation center in Maryland after Acute Flaccid Myelitis left him paralyzed from the nose down.

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He still has limited mobility, but after 100 days of silence, the little boy is talking again. And in early December, he is scheduled to come home.

850c11bbe5514d75afc399b88eb486e4“It’ll be just really heartwarming,” Roberts said. “His birthday’s coming up and Christmas; I think it’ll be overwhelming but in a happy way just to have him back.”

To help prepare for Carter’s homecoming, the community is rallying around the Roberts’ family.

Summit Custom Homes donated contractors to prepare the family’s new home; they gutted a first-floor bathroom and reconfigured it to accommodate Carter’s wheelchair.

“Just plenty of space to navigate, which is a really big deal because when you’re a little boy trying to maintain all things normal, that was important to us,” Roberts added.

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Commonwealth Electrical Solutions and Seven Hills Electrical also made sure the circuits will withstand the pull of Carter’s ventilator and medical equipment, while friends and strangers united to organize a fundraiser to pay medical bills.

Neighbors like Jill Ash even pitched in to paint the child’s bedrooms.

17a4174487e046c8a69a14c798cc6696“When things are tough, people pull together and they do what they should do,” Ash said. “So it’s been wonderful.”

“I would have never thought of asking or even thinking this kind of help was available,” Roberts added. “So for people to step forward or to be able to ask and have people be so accommodating, it is such a blessing.”

Carter is scheduled to come home on December 9th.

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