Single mother-of-three finally secures NSW home suitable for family including her disabled son

Single mother-of-three who was told to put her wheelchair-bound son who suffers from a terminal disability in a care facility or face homelessness FINALLY secures a house

  • Bec Darby, 33, managed to secure a suitable home for her family of four 
  • Her 14-year-old son Hunter has Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Found a home in Shell Cove, south of the Illawarra after months of searching 
  • Had lived in previous home for seven years, but the owners wanted back in   
  • She was told that she should consider putting Hunter in care facility 
  • She and her family were facing homelessness before they found their new home 

A single mum who was nearly left homeless with her three children, including a disabled son, has finally secured a house for her family. 

Bec Darby, 33, had been struggling to find a rental property suitable for her wheelchair bound son Hunter, 14, since her landlord told her they wanted the property she’d been renting for seven years back.

They were given just two months to find a new place. 

The family nearly ended up living in their car, with Ms Darby told by a government agency that she should consider putting Hunter into a care facility to increase her chance of finding a home. 

But after her pleas for help were seen by a local real estate company in NSW’s Illawarra region, Ms Darby and her three kids now have a roof to sleep under.

Single mother-of-three Bec Darby (pictured), 33, finally was able to find a suitable home for her family in Shell Cove, south of the Illawarra. She said: 'It's a perfect fit,' for her disabled son Hunter, who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Single mother-of-three Bec Darby (pictured), 33, finally was able to find a suitable home for her family in Shell Cove, south of the Illawarra. She said: ‘It’s a perfect fit,’ for her disabled son Hunter, who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

‘I think about all those people living in tents and cars unable to find anything and am so grateful to the community for helping us out,’ Ms Darby told A Current Affair.

Hunter was born with a muscle wasting disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a terminal illness with no cure. 

Ms Darby, who works full time in aged care, had earlier looked at more than 100 properties but was unable to find anything suitable for her son.

‘It’s very stressful right now and it just isn’t right,’ she earlier told the program.

‘I’ve been told there is a chance that Hunter may need to go to a home to be able to get housing for us, which is really, really scary. 

Hunter (pictured), 14, was born with a muscle wasting disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a terminal illness with no cure

Hunter (pictured), 14, was born with a muscle wasting disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a terminal illness with no cure

‘That is not what I’m about. We stick together, my family.’ 

Her story caught the eye of Illawarra Estate Agents who have helped the Darby family move into a new home in Shell Cove this month.

‘I’m so relieved and so grateful,’ Ms Darby said after moving in.

‘This is a perfect fit, it’s all flat, he can go out the back…it’s so close to everything and his friends and stuff and school.’ 

All of the rooms inside the house are on the same level making it perfect for Hunter to get around.

The 14-year-old now has his own bedroom and bathroom which are both wheelchair-friendly.

‘I like it here more than the last place,’ he said. 

‘You can go down the street to the marina, get lunch.’

Hunter Darby (right) has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the family needs a house suitable for his wheelchair

Hunter Darby (right) has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the family needs a house suitable for his wheelchair

Ms Darby said before securing her new home, she had been ‘mentally struggling’

‘I’m really worried that the kids are going to be separated,’ she said.

‘I rang the public housing system thinking surely I would be entitled to come on some priority list.

‘You know, a single mum with kids, one with additional needs. But unfortunately I earn too much money.

‘So I do not qualify to be eligible for anything, which is sickening.’

It was suggested to her that a way around the system was to get public housing by quitting her job.

‘For me to quit my job to then have no money and live off the government to live in government housing… You want to work, You don’t want to rely on the state,’ Ms Darby said previously.

‘It’s not what I want to show my kids, you know, I want to show them that you can work and you can, you know, you can do all those things.’

What is Duchenne muscular dystrophy? 

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness due to the alterations of a protein called dystrophin that helps keep muscle cells intact. 

DMD symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages two and three. 

The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls.

Source: Muscular Dystrophy Association

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