Thieves grab little Nadia's DVD player
JANINE BRUYN, of Lismore, is doing a great job under difficult circumstances.
But Ms Bruyn's life just got a little bit harder when the DVD player she used to keep her disabled daughter entertained on their long trips to Brisbane was stolen from her car in Diadem Street last weekend.
Ms Bruyn is a single mum with two little girls, Natasha, 5, and Nadia, 3.
Nadia was born with Down's syndrome and some serious complications, but Ms Bruyn tries to focus on the positive side of her daughter's disability.
“I call it up-syndrome, because I have never met a person with Down's syndrome who is down. They are always smiling,” she said.
Nadia also has a rare condition which causes internal bleeding in her stomach and requires her to undergo a procedure under general anaesthetic every six weeks at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane.
Ms Bruyn said the theft was a real blow.
“I usually lock my car,” she said.
“But the car was in my garage unlocked when they took the DVD player.”
The DVD player, which fitted on to the back of the passenger seat, was also used during long hours spent in the hospital waiting room while Nadia underwent routine tests.
“We spend about five hours waiting for blood tests,” Ms Bruyn said. “She loved to watch DVDs.”
She said Nadia particularly liked the Wiggles and Hi-5.
“She just lights up as soon as they come on,” she said.
Ms Bruyn said that it was the stress from her daughter's condition that broke up her relationship and money was always tight.
“I rely a lot on St Vincent de Paul,” she said.
“They give me vouchers for food.”
Ms Bruyn is appealing to the person who took the DVD player to return it by putting it in a plastic bag in her garage.
“I know they are probably struggling, too, but they have stolen from someone who is struggling more,” she said.