Sunday 18 February 2018

Disabled mum left stranded after car stolen

Eilis McSeain, who has multiple sclerosis, with son Darragh (3), who was with her when thieves took her car
Eilis McSeain, who has multiple sclerosis, with son Darragh (3), who was with her when thieves took her car

Declan Brennan

HEARTLESS thieves targeted a young disabled mother who watched helplessly as they stole her car.

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Eilis McSeain (29) and her three-year-old son were only yards away when the thieves jumped into her car and sped off.

She said she is desperate to get the car back because she has lost her independence without it.

The Cavan native said she could not believe that the two thieves abandoned her on the side of the road despite seeing her walking frame in the car.

"They saw me hobbling towards the car on my two crutches and with (my son) Darragh," she said. "We were the only ones in the playground. They had to know it was my car.

"My walking frame was in the back, there is a disabled sign on the car and there is a child seat. They knew it was a person with a disability who had a car and a child."

The thieves took the blue Toyota Yaris, registration number 12 CN 899, on the afternoon of April 5 and Eilis's hopes that it will be retrieved are fading.

She had been visiting her partner's family in Killeshandra when she drove to the playground.

"When I pulled up, Darragh jumped out so I had to park in a hurry and go after him. As a result, I left the keys inside the car. I was actually making my way back to the car with Darragh to put a coat on him when I saw one woman jumping into the passenger side.

"They spun the car around and took off."

Eilis's MS condition has left her left side weaker and she doesn't have use of her left foot so she can't drive a normal manual shift car.

"I can't walk any distance without the car. I can't even go down to the shop. The car was my lifeline. I've been crying rivers since," she said.

Her desperate message is: "Please give me my car back because my whole independence and my son's independence is gone without it. They've left us grounded."

Report sightings to Killeshandra gardai on (049) 4334302.

Irish Independent

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