Leah McAteer’s life changed forever after a car crash last February. The accident left the 20-year-old paralysed from the chest down and unable to complete even the simplest tasks unaided.
In a smart, spacious house in the village of Newbold Verdon, the floors are shiny and laminated, to accommodate Leah McAteer’s wheelchair. Lots of work has taken place to make sure the 20-year-old can move around as easily as possible, but it’s not home, she says.
Home is Huncote, where she grew up, where most of her family and friends still live; getting on with their lives. It’s where Leah lived, too, until the car accident that changed her own life forever.
Her new home is the only house her family could find that was big enough and where the landlord was okay with making the adaptations needed, says mum, Natalie. It means not only has Leah lost her independence, but also the chance to be close to those she loves and needs most.
Natalie says she wanted to thank Leicester company Verdi Home Improvements, which has provided French doors for Leah’s grandmother’s house in Huncote.
“She has a porch and there’s a massive step so I can’t get in that way,” says Leah. “I call her my Mama. We’re really close and I used to spend a lot of time round there, so it’s important to me that I still can.”
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