A life changing moment for Korben. 15 year old Korben Bronger from Minster was born 13 weeks early. Within 24 hours, his lungs collapsed and he developed a bleed on brain, which in turn caused Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus. This has meant his mobility has been limited and more difficult as he gets older.
“Korben was growing fast and I couldn’t lift him any more”, remarked his mum, Melissa. “Our days out with his two brothers and sister to places such as Hever castle, Leeds castle and the local play park were becoming more of a problem.” It soon became apparent that he needed an electric wheelchair to help with his mobility and independence.
16 operations at different hospitals throughout the UK has helped Korben significantly, however the NHS’s help didn’t extent to providing an electric wheelchair. He was assessed at Orchards in Sittingbourne, who put his mum in touch with a new charity, the Red Eagle Foundation, which is supported by ski celebrity Eddie ‘The Eagle’. They provided the £3,000 required for the new bespoke electric wheelchair from fundraising events involving many businessmen throughout Kent.
Wayne Hodgson, Chairman of the charity said, “It’s day’s like this that make every fundraising event worthwhile, all thanks to our generous supporters. I was delighted to meet Korben, who was passionate about his football.”
His mum said, “Korben hasn’t had it easy. He has suffered terrible physical and verbal abuse because of his disability over his lifetime, yet still manages to keep smiling, I’m so proud of him and how he copes with all the problems he faces. We are so grateful for the Foundation’s help, the electric wheelchair will have a dramatic effect on the quality of Korben’s life. It will open many doors for him both at home and at his school, Rivermead in Medway.”