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Jerusalem-Born Mother Invents Upsee Harness For Children With Cerebal Palsy



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, “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.”


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.”

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