KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A theft on Thanksgiving left one Kansas City, Mo., family without a vehicle -- but it's not just any vehicle. The van was equipped with a special needs car seat for their 8-year-old daughter.
George and Teresa Vejrosta share the van, and it's their only mode for transportation. Their daughter, Abby, also relies on the van to get her school and to life-saving therapies every week.
The van is a green 1998 Dodge Caravan with personalized Missouri plates VEJR. The car seat, along with several tools including a drill and socket set, were inside when it was stolen. It was last seen in the parking lot of the Parvin Estates Wednesday night.
Abby has Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopment disorder that only affects females, and scoliosis. Her mother said she needs constant care.
"She can't dress herself, she can't feed herself. She's actually fed through a tube in her stomach," Teresa Vejrosta explained. "She was born normal and she developed normal ... she could walk and talk, and then when she was about two years old, everything in one night just went away."
Every month, the family spends almost $500 out of pocket for Abby's therapy and medicine. And to make matters worse for the family, George was recently laid off from a job he had for 10 years.
They just ask that whoever stole their van bring it back -- no questions asked.
If you know anything that might help the family, you are asked to call police.