Air Canada repairs broken wheelchair of boy with muscular dystrophy

A British Columbia boy with muscular dystrophy who was left stranded in a New York hotel room now has his wheelchair back.

TORONTO — A British Columbia boy with muscular dystrophy who was left stranded in a New York hotel room now has his wheelchair back.

Tanner Bawn, 10, his aunt and his mother arrived at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday and discovered the boy’s $15,000 custom wheelchair in pieces.

Air Canada had the wheelchair repaired and it has arrived at the hotel where Bawn is staying.

Catherine Connors, Bawn’s aunt, says the family was devastated and, without a proper wheelchair, Bawn had been confined to his hotel bedroom, unable to get around.

Connors took to Twitter on Wednesday evening after a temporary powered wheelchair promised by the airline failed to arrive.

Bawn’s family is planning to take part in a charity run called Tutus for Tanner in New York City on Friday.

Scott Stratten, who helped organize the charity event, says the repaired wheelchair is “semi-fixed,” but usable and Bawn is very happy.