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Stolen van leaves disabled DeKalb County mom in a bind

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Sophia Powers is paralyzed from the waist down. She depends on her motorized wheelchair and a special van to get around.

"When I don't have my van, I pretty much don't get around at all. I have to call somebody to run errands for me, I have to call somebody or pay somebody to go to the store for me, I have to call somebody to maybe pick up my kids," said Powers.

Powers' van went missing more than a week ago. It was stolen from the parking lot in front of her apartment near Columbia Drive and Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County.

"When we went back outside, which is probably like 20 or 25 minutes later after we came home, the van was gone," said Powers.

She said her life is now upside down because she left some personal items in the van.

"My Social Security number, my kids' Social Security cards, I had my current lease with my address, the kids' birth certificates were in there," said Powers.

Powers said if that wasn't enough, last week one of her sons had an asthma attack at school, but she couldn't help him.

"I felt bad about that. He was having an asthma attack and he's being rushed to the hospital and there is nothing I could do," Powers said.

This is not the first time Powers' van has been stolen. One day last October, it was stolen and then returned the next day. But this time there's been no such luck. Powers said she can't afford another van and is not sure what she is going to do.

"If I don't get this van back, I'll probably be in the same situation, stuck in a rut and not being able to handle any of my responsibilities as a parent or responsibilities to myself," Powers said.

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