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WHEEL. The punishment of the wheel was formerly to put a criminal on a wheel, and then to break his bones until he expired. This barbarous punishment was never used in the United States, and it has been abolished in almost every civilized country.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit based in Irvine, Calif.
50 physiotherapists were trained as well as 32 stakeholders involved in the manufacturing of wheelchair and crutches.
Calo, meanwhile, said that the regional office will provide wheelchairs to those in need.
The test track enables wheelchairs to be assessed more conveniently and compresses three to five years of field testing into a few months.
Talking to the media, Arbab said there were 800,000 people who required wheelchair and only one per cent of them could afford an electric one.
to get back to my hotel from the stadium but they just told me that there were no available taxis left for the day." said Kim Min-jeong, a wheelchair user who visited the Paralympics on March 13.
(http://airindia.in/special-needs-faqs.htm) Air India's website  said it allows disabled passengers to board with an electrically operated wheelchair, but "a medical certificate stating the need to carry and operate your own wheelchair has to be produced." While the website doesn't indicate whether the wheelchair-bound passenger would be required to remove the wiring from their chair, Air India has strict regulations about how such equipment could affect the safety of other passengers. 
Vrysi C[eth]a / Yianna Mari (Seatrac and Floating Wheelchair).
Overall, researchers estimated that nearly 530 pedestrians using wheelchairs were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.
And what's more, he has just set a new Guinness World Record for making the most wheelchair spins - on the rear wheels - in a minute.
It is difficult for persons like me to walk, and I need someone to take me on a wheelchair, which I can't afford.