4-year-old with cerebral palsy takes first steps as flower girl - WKRN News 2

4-year-old with cerebral palsy takes first steps as flower girl

Posted: Updated: April 16, 2014 11:23 AM
Courtesy: Photopress Belfast Courtesy: Photopress Belfast
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WILDEN, Bedfordshire -

A 4-year-old girl, who is unable to walk, took her first steps down the aisle at her aunt's wedding as a flower girl last Saturday.

Isabella Luckett has cerebral palsy, and the disorder has prevented her legs from developing, Daily Mail reported.

Usually the 4-year-old cannot stand on her own, but thanks to a harness called Upsee and a little help from an adult, she can.

Only on the market a month, Firefly's Upsee allows infants and small children with neuromuscular disorders to stand and walk with the support of an adult. The device includes a harness, which attaches to a belt worn by an adult, and sandals that allow the adult and child to step together.

Upsee was created by music therapist Debby Elnatan, of Jerusalem, Israel, whose son Rotem also has cerebral palsy.

"It is wonderful to see this product available to families across the world," Elnatan told the Daily Mail. "When my son was two years old, I was told by medical professionals that he didn't know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them. That was an incredibly difficult thing for a mother to hear. I started to walk him day after day, which was a very strenuous task for both of us."

"Out of my pain and desperation came the idea for the Upsee, and I'm delighted to see it come to fruition," she said.

Luckett's parents, Gary and Natalie, both 29, heard about the harness and contacted the company to have one specially made for their daughter.

"Bella's very shy but she told me she feels like a princess, like Cinderella," Natalie told the Daily Mail.

The white harness was sewn into her dress and not only helped Luckett walk, but even dance.

*The Daily Mail contributed to this story.

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