Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bathing Made Easier for 11-Year-Old with Walk-In Tub Donation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bathing Made Easier for 11-Year-Old with Walk-In Tub Donation

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Taking a bath seems like a simple thing for an 11-year-old. But for Nevaeh Crews, it was a taxing affair that required the aid of her mother. Until now.

Nevaeh, who lives in Callahan, suffered a stroke when she was 6 and was diagnosed with moyamoya, a rare progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. It left her paralyzed on her right side, and she was told she would never walk, talk or function like a normal child, said her mother, Eulissa Crews.

But she taught herself to do everything left handed, tie her shoes with one hand and write, walk and talk again, Crews said.

However, 11-year-old girls do not want their mothers holding their hands while they are taking baths and sitting with them the whole time, she said. Nevaeh wanted privacy and independence and had to be coaxed into the water. Her doctor recommended a walk-in tub, but the family could not afford it.

Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co., based in Nashville, Tenn., heard about her story and decided to help the family at no cost through its Safe Step Cares program, said Derek Farley, who oversees the program.

Since the tub was delivered a few days ago, Nevaeh has been begging to take a bath, Crews said.

"She's been staying in there two hours," she said.

It's helped her muscles because she isn't straining her body to get in and out of the tub, Crews said, adding that she's been sleeping better and seems to be in less pain.

"The tub is awesome," Crews said. "We appreciate it so much."

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