19-year-old woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage needs authorized help making use of for Supplemental Security Income.
SAN DIEGO — Sometimes in life, it takes an act of kindness to assist a particular person in want. In this Zevely Zone, I went to Mira Mesa to share the message of a brave teenager. Ruby Melchoir was wholesome in the future and combating for her life the following. In 2017, Ruby suffered a spontaneous brain hemorrhage. At the time, Ruby was a 16-year-old junior at Scripps Ranch High School.
Her dad and mom, Paul and Robin, say their daughter complained about a headache. “She went from asking for a Tylenol to not being to walk. We rushed her to the emergency room,” mentioned Paul Melchoir. After a lengthy keep within the intensive care unit, Ruby labored onerous to regain some of her bodily independence. Ruby needed to learn to speak once more, the right way to eat once more, and the right way to write once more.
“I just keep trying. It doesn’t matter what people think about you. The only thing that matters is believing in yourself.” mentioned Ruby. She went from being an energetic, able-bodied teen to residing in a wheelchair. Two years have handed since our authentic story. Ruby is attending Miramar College and dealing at Home Depot. She is again on her toes with the help of a walker.
Home Depot allowed us to comply with Ruby by means of her workday. “I love working with Ruby,” mentioned co-worker Fely Tolosa. “She’s a fighter. She is awesome.”
Ruby is 19-years previous now and he or she says it is time for her to maneuver out of her dad and mom’ residence. I requested her why she needs to get her personal place? “Because everyone else is doing that and it is like how you move on,” mentioned Ruby.
More than a year in the past, Ruby utilized for Supplemental Security Income. Her household says she ought to simply qualify for the funding. She’s been coping with the Social Security Administration and a mountain of paperwork since mid-2021.
I requested Ruby how the application course of was going. “It’s not, it’s not going, it just stopped,” mentioned Ruby. Seems to me, if Ruby has the power push her walker and a Home Depot procuring cart to do her job, the federal authorities can push some paper for a younger woman in want. Ruby’s household reached out to a number of members of Congress with no luck. What she needs is one huge hearted San Diegan to offer authorized companies pro-bono and assist her lower by means of the purple tape.
“It’s frustrating,” mentioned Ruby’s father, Paul. Despite the struggles, Paul and Ruby go adaptive browsing on Saturdays and that is not all. Ruby confirmed me footage of her adaptive snowboarding in Colorado. “That was the most fun ever,” mentioned Ruby. She even hiked as much as Potato Chip Rock on Mount Woodson. “That’s incredible, how did you get up there?” I requested. Ruby advised me, ” My wheelchair.”
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“I can’t even put into words how proud I am of everything she’s done,” mentioned Paul. “She is just my favorite,” I mentioned. Paul gave me a wink and mentioned, “Yeah mine too.”
There are so many beneficiant individuals in San Diego. Ruby is hoping somebody may also help her safe SSI so she will be able to afford to dwell in her own residence. “Yeah, if they could help advocate that would be awesome,” mentioned Ruby.
The best reward of all this vacation season, could be seeing Ruby unfold her wings. “Oh my god yeah!” mentioned Ruby.
A particular thanks goes out to Home Depot for supporting Ruby. I known as their company office in Atlanta to ask for permission to shoot video of their retailer, they known as me proper again with approval.
If you or somebody you understand is keen to donate their authorized abilities to assist Ruby obtain the assistance she needs, please e-mail me immediately at [email protected] I’ll move your data on to Ruby. Thank you, San Diego!