A wheelchair-bound 8-year-old girl, Schania Burgess, has been virtually trapped in her apartment since Superstorm Sandy knocked out her building’s elevator, according to a report by CBS NY.
Burgess’s mother laments the situation.
“As you could see, she’s in a wheelchair. You have to take her down the steps if you want to go outside and since the storm, like I said, she has not been outside at all,” Scherry Barnett told CBS.
Her mother said the elevators in their high-rise building on Surf Avenue and 24th Street have been out of order for months, leaving Schania a virtual prisoner in their third-floor apartment.
Burgess has not been able to go to school as a result and said she misses her friends and art class the most.
Instead, she is being home-schooled by an instructor.
CBS attempted to question building management as to when the elevators would be fixed but received no response, and security asked them to leave the building.