Meet Rotem. He was born with cerebral palsy, a permanent movement disorder that affects motor skills, muscle tone, and posture. His condition means he has no conscious awareness of his legs.
His mom Debby Elnatan found out about her son’s condition when he was just two years old.
Rotem spent his days seated or sleeping — but Debby was determined to get him up and moving so he could enjoy life more.
And so she would walk and stand with him, guiding his arms and legs with hers. But constantly having to stoop and kneel with her son was too physically strenuous.
And so Debby came up with an awesome invention: the Upsee.
The mobility device is worn by an adult around their waist with the child strapped into the harness. The grownup and child share sandals which allows the adult to guide the feet of the little one.
The Upsee allows children with neuromuscular disorders to do ‘normal’ things like walk down their street and hug their brother or sister for the first time.
“They are just little steps,” the Upsee website states, “but they mean the world to someone.”
Upsee is currently available in multiple sizes via the Firefly online shop.
Watch Debby talk about her incredible invention below:
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