Friday, April 19, 2013

The Mygo Kimba Leckey Ottobock chair became detached, son severely injured

This horribly heavy chair is a terrible choice. I hated it from the beginning. I should have fought harder to return it, but I was told it was "un-returnable". I caution you: Please do not EVER by a wheelchair for your child that has two pieces to it. If the seat part is not correctly locked in place to the base, your child will have a horrible accident like mine did.

I often have to take this horrid seat apart to get it in and out of my mini-van. I cannot lift it when it is all one piece. It is way too heavy. When I take it apart, it feels as though the chair weighs fifty pounds, and the stroller base weighs twenty pounds. The seat is heavier than my son.

I took this chair out of my trunk and assembled it for the 50th time probably. I hate this seat and I curse it every time I have to put it together. I thought Andy's seat was locked in place. I pushed him down the driveway to get on his school bus, nothing seemed off.

I get a phone call from the transportation office saying, "Your son's seat became detached, and you need to get to the next bus stop right away". They couldn't answer if he had been hurt they didn't know. I get there to find blood all over my son's face, and a horrible gash on his head. When the bus driver came to a stop, he and his seat went flying off the base, which was secure to the floor. It is so heavy, the seat belt going across his chest wasn't enough to keep them from slamming to the floor.

We went to the ER for facial X-rays and 6 stitches.

I cried all day long. I feel so horrible that this happened to my poor innocent and helpless son. He loves riding the bus, and now I don't know what he'll think of it. The bus driver and the mother at the next stop were great in caring for Andy until I got there. He was so upset, and I tried hard to contain myself all day. I had nightmares all night long.

Andy seemed happy after the incident, and was very playful. I'm still so sad, and blaming myself every second of the day. I would never buy a two piece chair again. NEVER.


  1. Oh no, poor Andy. Please don't blame yourself though. Hoping he still likes the bus ride.

  2. Poor Andy. It's NOT your fault... hang in there! Hope Andy is feeling much better soon!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear that. Poor Andy! I hope he is doing better and that he's not afraid of the bus.

    Equipment scares me. I agree with you on that. It's so hard to trust that things will work as they should. But you can't control that stuff so don't feel guilty. We are all doing the best we can.