- Gary Deasley, who has cerebral palsy, needed his mobility scooter to get around
- Teen, 19, returned from holiday to find his lifeline vehivle completely destroyed
- Now Gary, who can suffer 10 fits a day, has been left a prisoner in his on home
Callous thugs torched the mobility scooter that became a lifeline for disabled teenager Gary Deasley.
Gary, 19, suffers up to 10 epileptic fits a day and was unable leave his home unaccompanied – until he was presented with the scooter.
Dundee United Simon Murray striker surprised Gary when he arrived with it in February.
But Gary returned from a trip abroad to find it had been set on fire in his back garden, Dundee, and was beyond repair.
‘The loss of this mobility scooter has left me virtually housebound,’ he said.
‘It means I have lost my independence and am once more having to rely on friends and family to help me get out and about.
‘All I’m doing now is sitting at home in my room getting more and more depressed.’
He said the loss of the ‘life-changing’ scooter had left him a virtual prisoner in his own home.
He said: ‘Whoever did this wants to try living in my shoes for a day.’
The kids’ charity Kean’s Children’s Fund paid for the mobility scooter, which gave Gary the confidence to go out alone.
As well as frequent epileptic fits, he has cerebral palsy, which means movement down his entire left-hand side is extremely limited, and his left hand and arm are paralysed. He has also suffered lifelong bullying.
The cerebral palsy was brought on by encephalitis, a rare condition that causes inflammation of the brain, when he was only five weeks old.
Gary said: ‘The gift of the scooter made all the difference to me.
‘It meant that I could finally have a bit of independence and freedom, but now that it’s been destroyed because someone set it on fire, that’s all gone again.
‘I tried to go out last week without it and I ended up having a bad epileptic fit and being taken to hospital with a broken nose and a badly bashed-up face.
‘I feel I’m right back to square one before I was given the scooter.’
Gary’s mum Yvonne Worsley said she couldn’t believe that someone could be so cruel as to set the scooter alight.
Losing his scooter means Gary, 19, has become a virtual prisoner in his own home. He tried going out without the vehicle but suffered an epileptic fit and was left with facial cuts and a broken nose
She said: ‘When he got the scooter it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for Gary.
‘It was life-changing for him. Before he never left the house because he was afraid he would have a fit.
‘The scooter gave him the confidence to head out and about on his own.
‘He has been bullied all his life because of his condition but things were starting to get better for him.
‘If I could get my hands on the callous thug who did this I don’t know what I would do to them.
‘They don’t know the harm they have done.’
Yvonne said she didn’t know who was behind the act but urged anyone who had information about the incident to contact her or police.