Dan Horton goes hydraulic with NRG



ONE MORE item on Dan Horton's list of medical needs was crossed off last week with the donation by NRG of a hydraulic lifting device.

The lifting device will help Dan, who is paralysed from the chest down after a motorbike accident last year, with mobility around the house.

One of the areas it could be used was getting into the car where there was a small ramp to raise the chair up off the ground and closer to the level of the car seat.

Although Dan's strength is enough to get himself in and out of the chair the concern is he could hurt his arms falling out of the chair and lose some maneuverability.

'If I fell out and hurt myself it would be good like that,' Dan said.

Dan's father Derek Horton said the device could help with bed transfers and mainly if Dan wasn't well.

Before the lift, if Dan had to be moved family and friends helped carry him.

Derek said while carrying Dan was possible, it sometimes proved difficult and awkward.

'It's one of those things that was on the list but it was deciding whether it was really necessary, but this is a lot safer,' Derek said.

The hydraulic lifting device cost about $2000 and was bought by NRG several years ago but wasn't required at the station so it was donated to assist Dan.



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