Woman's stolen wheelchair ramp replaced

GLENDALE, Calif. Narine Bagdasaryan and her family have been working hard toward her recovery. The 24-year-old has been confined to a wheelchair for nearly two years after being ejected from her car on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway in December 2006.

"I was going to work, and I had a car accident," said Bagdasaryan. "I was in a coma for three months."

Bagdasaryan surpassed doctors' expectations and was soon in physical therapy, relying on a ramp to get from her house to her car to her sessions. But just last week, someone stole Bagdasaryan's aluminum ramp. Police say most likely it was stolen for scrap metal.

"She was totally unable to get in and out of her residence, and that was the only means that she did have to be able to enter her residence at that time," said Glendale Police Officer Steve Eggett.

Glendale Police installed a wooden ramp as a temporary fix, but soon got a call from TMP Services in Colton, a professional ramp service that had heard what happened and offered their help.

"So I came down, took some measurements, and we custom-fabricated a ramp the same day," said Tom Tarver, TMP Services. "Anything we can do for the family, you know, our hearts just go out to her."

The new ramp was installed Monday morning, and although Narine has no idea who stole her original ramp, she's thankful for those who came together to replace what was taken.

"Thank you very much," said Bagdasaryan. "You guys don't know how grateful I am."

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