Montgomery hospitals get transport wagons for pediatric patients

Montgomery hospitals get transport wagons for pediatric patients
10 wagons were donated to area hospitals on Tuesday (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Leggett, hospital officials and employees stand with the new wagons (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Leggett, hospital officials and employees stand with the new wagons (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Pediatric patients at Montgomery area hospitals will have a more enjoyable experience while they're being transported around the hospital halls after a donation by charity organization Chad's Bracket.

On Tuesday, 10 pediatric transport wagons were donated to help make transport of pediatric patients easier. Each of the wagons has been designed to have an IV pole holder for a more comfortable transport of a younger patient.

According to CEO of Chads Bracket, Roger Leggett says the concept of the wagons came from one of his many visits to the hospital to see his granddaughter.

"This is something I started three and a half years ago. During a visit we watched a lady trying to get her child onto an elevator and almost dumping the IV cart on her child," Leggett said.

After helping the woman Leggett said he turned to his family member who expressed, "There has to be a better way to do that." That began the search to build something to make transport easier and the wagon-IV pole combination was developed.

"They're (the children) not afraid of the wagons because it's a toy to them, even though it's something that is helping them get around the hospital," Leggett said. "It's not a hospital bed, it's not a wheelchair, it's something they are familiar with,"

Oldcastle Materials donated six wagons, a total of two each to every pediatric unit in Montgomery.

Lockheed Martin, where Leggett retired as an expediter, donated four wagons for the emergency departments.

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