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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:30 pm

The victim of theft in May, the beneficiary of kindness in June.

Dr. Scott Hofmann, whose Segway was stolen from a parking garage on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus last month, has received a replacement from the company that manufactures them.

Rod Keller, Jr., president of New Hampshire-based Segway Inc., learned about Hofmann’s predicament from a story in The World-Herald. Keller reached out to Hofmann, who lives with multiple sclerosis, and offered to replace the stolen vehicle.

“After some convincing, he humbly accepted,” Keller said in a statement. “Dr. Hofmann is an inspiration. It’s an honor for Segway to give back to someone who has overcome his own challenges and cared for so many others.”

On May 14, Hofmann showed up to work at UNMC to find his Segway gone. As a result, the 51-year-old anesthesiologist missed a day of work for the first time in years.

Since then, he’s been able to use a second Segway that he keeps at the VA Medical Center, where he also works. The donated model will allow him to return to his usual routine.

The stolen Segway wasn’t so easy to replace. Hofmann prefers an early model of the vehicle, which better compensates for his balance issues.

Keller knew that. The company president tracked down a model with the desired technology, had it refurbished and shipped it to Omaha.

“It looks brand new,” Hofmann said.

After news of the theft broke last month, Hofmann received numerous messages of support from strangers. Some people offered to give him their Segways. Others wanted to contribute to a reward fund.

The show of generosity was overwhelming.

“There are one or two or three turds out there who did this,” Hofmann said of the crime. “But there are so many nice people in this community that have reached out to help.”

Contact the writer:

402-444-1056, casey.logan@owh.com, twitter.com/kclogan

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