101-year-old double amputee gifted free water heater

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia – She may be 101 years old, but Mary Parker has no plans to slow down.

“I have my wheelchair. I cook myself, wash myself, and take care of my tabby cat myself,” she told News 3.

Parker has an upbeat and “out-of-the-box” personality, despite having some pretty big challenges in life. When she was in her mid 90s, she said she sustained a leg injury. Over time, she lost blood flow to both of her legs and eventually had to be amputated.

A few weeks ago, misfortune knocked on her door again when her kettle broke.

“It’s pretty hard to be house tied and not have hot water to wash the dishes. You have to heat it up on the stove and all, ”she said.

She called Michael & Son Services in Chesapeake to get a quote for replacing her current unit. They said it could cost between $ 1,800 and $ 2,200.

Parker said she chose not to replace her decade-old device because she couldn’t afford those prices. “I had to go into debt to get this water heater and at my age it’s dangerous to go into debt.”

She was ready to just accept the cold water worries, but then a godsend came. Michael and Son Services decided to forego all normal fees and give Parker a brand new 10 gallon water heater for free.

Parker said she was speechless when she found out, “It makes me feel special. In other words, it made me cry and I’m not a crybaby. I don’t know how to explain, even words to explain or not. “

The company said once they heard their story they couldn’t turn it away. A crew arrived Thursday morning and installed a top notch water heater.

Now Parker can crochet or play with her cat knowing the water is warm.

She said, “It’s kind of shocking to know that I’ll get it anyway, even though I couldn’t afford it. I’m very grateful to this company for that.”

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