When Debby Elnatan discovered that her son, Rotem, born early at 32 weeks, had cerebral palsy, she was devastated, but was determined to discover a way that the child, who had no feeling in his legs, could live as close to a normal life as possible. Debby, who is originally from Jerusalem, told Express.uk, “My husband and I are musicians and we know that practice makes perfect. If I don’t pick up my violin, nothing will happen. So I experimented with different ways to make him walk.”
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Debby approached Lecky, a northern Irish manufacturer, with a harness that will enable a child with cerebral palsy simulate walking. So far the invention has helped thousands of children, and one four year old was able to be a flower girl, with the help of her father, at her aunt’s wedding. Debby remarked, “Now Rotem is 19, and although he can’t walk, he is filled with a love of life that comes from an ordinary, fulfilled childhood.”