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Schania Burgess via CBS 2

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.

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New York 1 has been following a story about a group of elderly residents that have been left stranded in their Brighton Beach building courtesy of a broken elevator that has been out of commission since Superstorm Sandy struck late last October.

The residents, many disabled, have had difficulty scaling the steps of their six-story building.

“I live on the sixth floor and every day I cannot go out,” Alexander Fayn told NY1.

When NY1 originally reported on the story earlier in the month, the Department of Buildings promised that it would get fixed, but three weeks later it remains broken, driving the tenants mad.

“I’m frustrated, I’m upset, I’m furious,” said Michael Royzman to NY1.

NY1′s further inquiry with the Department of Buildings resulted in a promise by the DOB to investigate the matter.

Great…an investigation, why not just fix the elevator!?