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UPDATE: 8-Year Old's Wheelchair Recovered

(Photo: Gregor family) (Photo: Gregor family)

Update: 12:55 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The wheelchair belonging to an 8-year old girl with a debilitating disease has been found after it was stolen from the Ocean City boardwalk.

The wheelchair is custom built for Jera Gregor who suffers from mitchondrial disease.

After originally reporting Jera's wheelchair had gone missing Wednesday, later that evening WBOC learned that a good Samaritan found the wheelchair in someone else's possession and was able to get it back.

Jera and her mother Amy were reunited with the wheelchair, just in time for them to go back home to Carroll County.

Original article: 6:22 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

OCEAN CITY, Md.- As crowded as it is in Ocean City during the summer, most people wouldn't dare leave valuable items unattended on the boardwalk.

One mother learned that the hard way after her disabled daughter's customized wheelchair was stolen.

"Leave only your footprint" signs plaster the Ocean City boardwalk, but the warning signs didn't stop someone from leaving the beach with a little more than what they arrived with Tuesday afternoon.

Eight-year old Jera Gregor sat uncomfortably in an adult size wheelchair on Wednesday because her own customized wheelchair had been stolen.

Her mother Amy says it happened on the first day of their two day beach vacation.

"We came down for a couple days of some sun and sand and we took her out on the beach and when we came up, her wheelchair had been stolen," said Gregor. 

Jena's mitochondrial disease makes it so that she can't speak, barely walks even with assistance, and can't eat on her own.

The $1,500 chair is everything to Jera as it helps her sit up properly and rests her feet. They're using an adult wheelchair for now, but it's a poor substitute.

"We've got her strapped in as tight as we can but there's still a large gap between the seat and the back, so we have to keep repositioning her," said Gregor who says the black leather on the adult weather doesn't help either. "Her legs are totally unsupported because it's not a child size chair."

The thought of stealing a wheelchair from a child leaves Amy extremely disappointed but says she sees a silver lining.

"I really am hoping that whoever took her chair thought their insurance wouldn't cover one and they were desperate, and that another child is being able to use it. That's what I'm holding out hope for," said Gregor. 

Gregor's message from the crowded boardwalk where people are urged to leave only their footprints behind; nothing more, nothing less.

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