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Patrick Flanagan: Paralympic athlete ‘gutted’ after wheelchair was ‘broken’ on the way to Tokyo

The 23-year-old flew from Ireland to London to catch a connecting to Japan for the Games, which begin on August 24.
However, he posted on Twitter that: “When the aircraft landed I was given my wheelchair again, besides it was fully damaged.”

In his tweet on Saturday explaining the state of affairs, Flanagan included footage which appeared to present the damaged wheels.

“Ultimately the wheels have been broken a lot that they now not spin, together with a variety of different dents and scrapes,” he wrote.

He defined that the employees at Heathrow have been “extraordinarily apologetic.” The official Heathrow account replied to Flanagan’s tweet saying: “We are sorry to hear that your wheelchair was broken in transit to Heathrow and perceive how distressing this might have been. Once our groups have been made conscious of what had occurred on arrival into Heathrow, they did their greatest to help along with your onward journey.”

Flanagan competes in the 100m  freestyle on day two of the Irish National Swimming Team Trials.

“We will work with the airline and the origin airport as a precedence to examine how the harm occurred and the way it may be averted in the future,” it continued. “Please do get in contact if we could be of any help with any future journey via Heathrow.”

However, Flanagan — who stated “an apology does little or no for” him — outlined the difficulties the alternative wheelchair he was given is offering.

“I was given an over sized airport wheelchair, crammed out a declare type and despatched on my way. I can barely push myself on this new chair and easy duties like getting round my resort room are extraordinarily robust. And now I’ve to fly to Tokyo.

“This shouldn’t be one thing that may occur to wheelchair makes use of. It’s unacceptable. Both airways and baggage handlers want to pay extra consideration to chairs. My chair is my independence and takes months to be fitted and ordered. Mine is particularly sized to help my again, is light-weight so I can carry it into the automotive and is extraordinarily sturdy. It wouldn’t be broken simply.

Flanagan will swim in the S6 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle for Team Ireland.

He posted an replace later on Saturday saying that he was having a alternative chair flown out. “But not all wheelchair customers are fortunate sufficient to have a spare. The level stays the similar, this could by no means occur!” he stated.

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