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NY1 For You: Disabled Child Stuck In Queens Home Since Sandy To Get Elevator Service Once Again

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An uphill battle is now over for a disabled Queens boy who continued living in his building with broken elevators from Hurricane Sandy, after NY1 For You reported on his struggle. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

After two months of being trapped, 10-year-old Quentin Morales is now finally able to get out of his home in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens.

"It's like such a burden lifted off my shoulders, now he can actually go to his doctors' appointments and start school again, so I'm happy for that," says Joanne Morales, Quentin's relative.

Last week, NY1 For You first reported on how the little boy, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, was stuck in his apartment on the seventh floor of his building, where the elevators are still out from Hurricane Sandy.

"My biggest fear is that god forbid there's a fire or any type of emergency we're trapped here," Joanne Morales.

After the Morales family contacted NY1, the station called management for the building, the Department Of Buildings and The Office of Emergency Management.

After NY1's story aired, management contacted the station and said the elevators have been down so long due to a delay with the building's flood insurance. However, management offered to move the Morales to a nearby two-family model home until the elevators are up and running.

It is a huge relief to family members, who cannot wait to get Quentin back to school and and his normal life.

"Without this story I probably would have been stuck up here for a couple more months so I want to thank you guys for helping," says Joanne Morales.

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