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Appeal over teenager's wheelchair

John Febvre
John Febvre's family and friends have been searching Leigh Park for the chair

A teenager whose wheelchair was stolen from outside a house in Hampshire has said he cannot afford to replace it.

John Febvre's £2,000 wheelchair was stolen from outside his sister's house in Leigh Park, Portsmouth.

Mr Febvre, who has cerebral palsy, needs the wheelchair to get to college where he is studying IT.

Friends and family of the 18-year-old, from Waterlooville, have been searching the Leigh park area in the hope of finding it.

Mr Febvre only received the new chair from the NHS in October and it was not insured.

He has had to resort to using a broken, older chair.

E-mail appeals

He said: "I need the wheelchair because that's how I get to college, that's how I get about, that's how I go out and do stuff.

"Without my wheelchair, I can't go out and do what I want to do."

Mr Febvre's mother, Diane Lang, added: "He really, really, needs his wheelchair. It's his legs."

John Febvre's hi-tech wheelchair
Mr Febvre had only been given the chair by the NHS in October

Since the wheelchair went missing, Mr Febvre and his friends and family have been appealing for information using texts, e-mails and social networking websites.

Mr Febvre's sister, Christine, said: "We've all been walking around, hunting, walking miles, going in the fields and up and down the river."

Mr Febvre added: "My sister was almost heartbroken, she felt it was completely her fault but it's not.

"I just think it's horrible that someone would nick it.

"The search does go on and we will still keep looking, and we're thankful for everyone that is looking and hope that someone does find it."

He added he was going to ask the NHS for a replacement chair but acknowledged pressures on healthcare budgets meant it could be difficult and there could be a long wait.

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