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Published:April 12th, 2011 13:33 EST

115-Year-Old Lady Gets Wheelchair For Her Birthday

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A 115-year-old, Haitian-born Montreal woman received a prayed-for wheelchair bought by friends she never met, her great-grand-daughter-in-law said.

Ciclia Laurent was born on Jan. 31, 1896, in Croix des Missions, Haiti, and moved to her son`s home in Laval, Quebec, after the island`s 2010 earthquake, great-grand-daughter-in-law Marie Lorna Pierre said.


Everything had been destroyed in the earthquake and Laurent joined her son without any possessions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reported Monday.

Pierre said the family prayed for someone to help pay for a wheelchair. Several business owners and members of the community came to their aid and helped pay for the wheelchair."


At the risk of sounding flippant or cruel, the 115-year-old lady should have been presented with a casket, not a wheelchair.

Laurent was presented with the wheelchair at a belated birthday celebration. Hello! You never have a belated birthday party for a woman who is so freakin` old.

Laurent should have stayed in Haiti, and died in her own country. If I were homeless and on my last legs, and friends abroad offered to let me stay in their home, I would decline the gracious invitation. I love my country, and I would prefer to die at home and not in a foreign country.

But don`t get me wrong, I`m happy for Laurent and I wish her a happy birthday.

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