Redesigned bathroom revealed to KC girl’s delight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last time FOX 4 Problem Solvers visited Abby Vejrosta's home, the main bathroom was missing. It had been gutted so it could be widened and transformed.

The project was huge, and done free of charge for 11-year-old Abby of Kansas City. Abby has a genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome, which has robbed her of her speech and the ability to walk or move freely.

Now, two weeks since our last visit, it's the day everyone has been waiting for - the big reveal.

As Jake Schloegel, the owner of Schloegel Design Remodel, opened the bathroom door, Abby is wheeled inside.

"Your new bathroom," Schloegel announces. "What do you think?"

Abby's smiles said it all.

Abby and her family are this year's winners of the Big Splash Bath Giveaway by Schloegel Design Remodel -- with a little help from the FOX 4 Love Fund.
Every year Schloegel chooses a family that has a child with special needs and designs a bathroom to fit those needs. Many of the items are donated by Schloegel suppliers with a careful eye to products that will make life easier for a child in a wheelchair.

For Abby, Schloegel expanded the hallway and doorways leading into the bathroom to accommodate her wheelchair, as well as the mechanical device her mother uses to lift her in and out of the bath tub. The new bathroom comes with a stylish claw foot tub that allows the bottom of the lift to slide underneath. Then there's the sink. There is no cabinet underneath, so Abby can be rolled right up to it.

All details that will make a huge difference to Abby and her mom, thanks to a local company with a big heart.