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Family of child with cerebral palsy get replacement car after theirs was stolen and burnt out

The car was stolen in Dublin last month and was found burnt out in Wexford last week.

Updated: 26 April 21:00

A FAMILY WHO had their wheelchair accessible car stolen last month, now have a new one after it was specially produced in a speedy fashion.

The Flood family need the car for 7-year-old Caoimhe who has cerebral palsy.

The car was stolen in Dublin last month and was found burnt out in Wexford last week.

Volkswagen said in a statement on Thursday:

“Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented the Flood family with a new Caddy Maxi Life which has been specially adapted for the needs of their daughter Caoimhe”.

Caoimhe’s mother, Marlis, clarified on her Facebook page on Friday night that “We had to buy the new van off Volkswagen we did not get it for free…We had to get a loan of €32,000 to pay for it”


Caoimhe Flood needs 24-hour care after being paralysed from birth as she suffers from cerebral palsy.

Marlis spoke to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM after the robbery. She said the vehicle was stolen while Caoimhe was being looked after by her night nurse.

Marlis explained how when she went downstairs the following morning she discovered the car was gone.

Speaking about the new car, Marliss said:

I am truly delighted to have received my new Caddy.

She also explained how the team at Volkswagen gave a courtesy replacement vehicle while they designed Caoimhe’s new vehicle which was fully adapted within two weeks.


Originally posted 24 April 13:00.

Read: Family of child with cerebral palsy appeal for return of wheelchair accessible car>

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