Watertown’s Mohammed Sayed has the origin story fitting of a superhero and now he hopes to create his own comic book hero – Wheelchair Man.
Sayed’s story was recently featured Public Radio International’s The World, and he seeks support to publish the first edition of his comic.
Born in Afghanistan, Sayed lost his mother when he was five, and just weeks later he became paralyzed when his home was bombed. His father took him to the hospital but never returned.
After living in an NGO-run hospital in Afghanistan, Sayed met an American nurse. She brought him to the U.S. where he attended school in Cambridge and he became an American citizen in 2015. After graduating in 2016 from NuVu – a high school that fosters innovation – he moved to Watertown.
Sayed uses his talents to develop adaptive tools for those with spinal cord injuries as well as creating comic book characters such as Wheelchair Man.
“His goal is not only to help rebuild hope and confidence among people with disabilities but also to raise the consciousness of people everywhere to the abilities of those in wheelchairs,” said Sayed’s GoFundMe.com page.
Find out more and donate to the publication of Wheelchair Man at https://www.gofundme.com/2r65vtwc