‘Sometimes I’m blessed with all powers’
War Amps helps Sydney boy with missing arm stay active
Being born missing his left arm hasn’t held Zackery McDonald back from being an active eight-year-old who, like most kids his age, likes to play on his trampoline, on his PlayStation and with his cats.
But the assistance of the War Amps has provided devices that make some tasks a bit easier for the Sydney boy. McDonald is a member of the War Amps Child Amputee Program and is eligible to receive financial assistance with artificial limbs and recreational devices.
The War Amps recently provided a tumbling device, which has a flat base, allowing McDonald to do floor moves, including push-ups. He insists he has done up to 200 at a time but his mother Patsy Hall said the number is closer to two dozen.
Blessed with a healthy imagination, the Grade 3 Brookland Elementary student has an open-ended response when asked what he likes to do in his spare time.
“Depending on what I’m thinking, sometimes I’m blessed with all powers — sometimes I’m rich, sometimes I destroy things. Pretty much 24-7,” he said.
His mother said McDonald attended his first War Amps seminar when he was six months old. He continues to go every year and they provide much-needed support and the chance to be around other children who face similar challenges. Prosthetic arms alone can cost up to $10,000.
“They fly us up to Fredericton, they pay for our meals — everything is included. They are definitely an asset,” Hall said.
The officer’s actions do not constitute a criminal offence and do not justify any charges under the Motor Vehicle Act, according to the report, which also states the family of the victim has indicated they consider the incident an accident.
The man who was struck by the police vehicle on Perry Street had been helping a young boy who had fallen out of a second-storey window in a neighbouring house.
The boy suffered what appeared to be a serious head injury and the man had called 911.
A number of other people had gathered in the area, including the boy’s grandparents, and the scene was somewhat chaotic, according to the Serious Incident Response Team report.
The three police vehicles and ambulance that arrived were parked on the street, which was narrowed by large snowbanks.
Two police officers were in a police sport- utility vehicle speaking by phone with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services regarding possible issues related to the boy’s care at home.
During the call the ambulance appeared to be backing up to take the boy to the hospital. The officer driving the SUV began to back up to allow the ambulance to leave more quickly.
At that time, the man who had called 911 was standing behind the SUV, apparently helping with traffic, according to the Serious Incident Response Team, and was not seen by the driver of the police vehicle.
The SUV backed over him, and then went forward. Despite immediate assistance provided by the EHS personnel, the man died at the scene.
Go online to http:// sirt. novascotia. ca to view the full report.
NANCY KING/CAPE BRETON POST Zackery McDonald, who was born without a left arm, recently received a special tumbling device that makes it easier for him to do some of the physical activities he enjoys, such as handstands and ride his bike. McDonald, seen here with his mother Patsy Hall, received the device with the help of the War Amps.
Police blocked off access to Perry Street in North Sydney on April 4 after a man died after being struck by a police vehicle that was reversing to make way for an ambulance.