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Mother creates device to help his son to walk again

Shared by GuilhermeM on 2014-05-04 23:55

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Debby wanted to find a way to make her son walk, or a way that make him feel like he was walking.

In the beginning, Debby walked every day with her son on her back, but it was a painful task. And it was when Debby thought, "there must be a better way". She tried several strategies to be able to connect the child to her body, bearing in mind that walking process had to be comfortable for both. After several sketches, the Upsee emerged.

The Upsee is a mobility device that allows children with motor impairment to stand and walk with the help of an adult. It consists of three parts (a harness, a pair of sandals and a belt) with a patented design that uses durable, machine-washable and breathable fabrics, so that both the caregiver as the child find it comfortable, reliable and easy to clean.

Debby remembers that at the end of the first year, she could feel her child pull her to walk and later on, family activities became a reality. The innovation created by Debby allowed possible scenarios, such as her son playing football with his older brother and his father.

Adapted from: http://www.fireflyfriends.com/upsee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTEezFBgC6o

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About the author

Debby Elnatan, from Israel, is mother of a boy with cerebral palsy who developed Upsee, a harness to help children with motor delays to walk with their parents. When her child was two years old, Debby took him to the doctor and was when she heard the worst news that a mother can listen. Her son would never be able to use his legs, being forever dependent of a wheelchair.

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