Air Canada fixes dying boy’s busted wheelchair

Hundreds on Twitter criticize airline for breaking Tanner Bawn’s wheelchair

A terminally ill boy whose specialized wheelchair was broken on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to New York has been given it back after the airline had it fixed.

Tanner Bawn, 10, his aunt and his mother arrived at La Guardia Airport on Wednesday and discovered the boy’s $15,000 custom wheelchair in pieces. The boy, a native of Kamloops, B.C., suffers from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.Photo CBC, Tanner Bawn, 10, suffers from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. (Her Bad Mother)

Shortly after 2 p.m. ET, Scott Stratten, a self-described viral and social marketing expert who is accompanying the family on the trip to New York, said Bawn’s repaired wheelchair has been returned.

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

The boy’s aunt, Catherine Connors, who runs the parenting blog Her Bad Mother, tweeted about the incident Wednesday night after arriving at La Guardia airport.

Connors said the family was devastated and, without a proper wheelchair, the boy was confined to his hotel bedroom, unable to get around.

The story struck a nerve and was picked up by hundreds of people on Twitter who lambasted Air Canada for the incident. Read more: CBC News

Source: CBC  with files from The Canadian Press

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