It was a workplace accident that shook one family to the core.
45 year old Taras Atleo lost his hands after he was electrocuted on the job last November.
It resulted in him losing both his hands.
Worksafe BC was originally providing Atleo with home care worth an estimated $7,000, but that was taken away – and replaced with a $2,000 stipend for the family to use to get their own care.
Speaking to Global BC, Taras’s wife Lorena says it’s put the children in a position where they’ve had to grow up quickly.
“The family dynamic has changed for sure. The children have become caregivers, and it’s frustrating for me.”
Their thirteen year old daughter, Krista, penned an emotional letter begging for the home support care to come back.
Krista also talked about the challenges they’ve faced since her father’s accident.
“It’ll just be hard because I’ll have to feed him and…trying to fit homework in there with it. It just gets too busy.”
Worksafe responded, saying that the family wasn’t happy with the care.
The representative also said it was also about getting Taras to move forward independently.
The family is appealing the decision.