Brianna’s Story

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At 3 months old, Brianna Beckstead was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and Chiari Hydrocephalus, a structural defect in the cerebellum which interfered with her breathing function. Even at her very young age, she already had an extensive history of surgery and prolonged hospital stays. By the time she was 1 year old, it was clear Brianna would need extensive and specialized mobility equipment to allow transport of the medical equipment she relied upon to keep breathing. Her parents brought her to Intermountain Homecare.

Her first chair was a non-powered chair, designed primarily to accommodate her ventilator and oxygen equipment with supportive adaptive seating that would help her tiny body to grow and develop as orthopedically normal as possible. While not giving Brianna much independence, it at least allowed her parents to take her outside the home. As with all children, the more she grew, the stronger her need for independence became. Intermountain Homecare’s wheelchair shop began working on solutions that would grow with her, including her increasing need to not rely on her parents at every turn. A specialized power chair was designed that allowed her to move freely and independently, accommodating not only her equipment, but the positioning her body requires to be comfortable. [Brianna received her first motorized wheelchair on Halloween Day (just in time for trick or treating with her sister, Leah.) Brianna was just 2 years old.]

Brianna is now 7 years old. She is a clever girl with a sharp sense of humor and a wry, albeit fragile, laugh. The wheelchair and equipment provided by Intermountain Homecare has helped give her the ability to enjoy life much in the same way other 7 year old girls do. She goes to school, plays with friends, loves to draw and color, and is even able to “ice skate.” Her dream is to be a doctor when she grows up. Intermountain Homecare will be with her along the way to help make her dream a possibility.