SHIRLEY - A disabled Shirley veteran who was trapped in his basement for five days is back above ground.
As News 12 has reported, Salvatore Papavero’s chair lift broke on Friday as it was taking him back upstairs.
After it broke, Papavero was confined to his basement kitchen and bathroom, with no bed.
The 86-year-old Korean War veteran obtained the stair lift through the Northport VA.
Patriot Mobility Inc., based in Deer Park, visited Papavero’s home Wednesday to fix the broken piece of equipment.
Patriot Mobility says it usually repairs its chair lifts within 24 hours, but this time it had to wait for a new part.
Patriot Mobility calls it an “unfortunate situation.” A worker blames the manufacturer for being indecisive about whether to replace the entire unit or a single part.
As for Papavero, he is overjoyed to be out of his basement.