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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! I've never been handicapped so I'm one of those people who completely underestimate the value of being able to walk. Some people aren't as lucky to be able to move without a wheelchair. That's a sad reality but it's not as sad when you throw in some really cool harnesses. It could actually be pretty awesome.

An Israeli mother by the name of Debby Elnatan had some fun with her disabled son after inventing a new type of technology which allowed him to walk for the first time. Her son suffers from cerebral Palsy.

She designed a support harness that would enable her son to stand upright and, by attaching it to herself, let parent and child take steps together. After a global search for a company to mass-produce her "Upsee", the Israeli mother chose Northern Ireland-based manufacturer Leckey, which has a long track record in making equipment for children with special needs, according to the Irish Times.

The product was tested and then launched to the entire world. 

"It is wonderful to see this product available to families across the world," said Ms Elnatan, who was at the official unveiling at the Leckey factory in Lisburn.

"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."

The Upsee allows infants and small children to stand and achieve repetitive walking training with the support of an adult. It includes a harness for the child, which attaches to a belt worn by an adult, and specially-engineered sandals that allow the parent and child to step simultaneously, leaving their hands free for play and other tasks. Designers, engineers, textile experts and therapists from Leckey's Firefly team have been working on the project since 2012.

The technology is relative simple though. It's kind of amazing that something like this wasn't invented before. It was almost like everyone just became content with the wheelchair. But now, children with cerebral palsy could experience the world in a whole new light, with the help of their parents of course. Well done, Ms. Elnatan. Well done. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.