Quadriplegic Loma Linda man in need of new van

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Unable to leave his home due to a malfunctioning van, Loma Linda resident Phillip Campbell had a YouCaring fundraising page set up for him by his assistant. (KABC)

Quadruple amputee Phillip Campbell was left trapped inside his van after his wheelchair lift broke down.

After being helped, the 57-year-old Loma Linda resident now spends his days at home unable to leave and run errands as he used to.

"I am stuck which is a little annoying," Campbell said.

Three decades ago, he was in a car crash where he suffered third, fourth and fifth-degree burns.

He has since used his knowledge about his disability to teach others.

"I talk to medical students. I talk to doctors and services," Campbell explained.

His attendant, Nancy Hampton, set up a YouCaring page to raise money for a new van. She reached out to friends for help and they contacted ABC7 using #abc7eyewitness on social media.

"He's doing OK. I just don't want it to start affecting him emotionally," Hampton said.

It will cost an estimated $45,000 to replace the van with a lift, not including modifications.

Campbell hoped a new vehicle would help him reconnect with others.

"It's just socialization. Feeling normal is something that you really need if you're going to feel human," Campbell said.

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