One Mom's Incredible Invention Allows Her Disabled Son to Walk

UPDATED 04/11/2014 at 12:00 PM EDT Originally published 04/10/2014 at 10:35 AM EDT

Upsee Harness: Debby Elnatan's Invention Allows Disabled Son to Walk
The Upsee harness helps disabled children to stand and walk
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This article was originally published by NationSwell, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of innovative Americans who are working to effect social change and move the country forward.

As if we needed any more proof that moms really do come up with the most amazing, life-changing inventions, Debby Elnatan, an Israeli mother of a child with cerebral palsy, has created a new game changer for disabled kids.

Her Upsee, a miracle harness that lets parents help their disabled children stand, walk and even kick for the first time in their lives, is now available around the world – and sure to change the world while it’s at it.

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“When my son was 2 years old, I was told by medical professionals that he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them,” Elnatan told the Daily Mail about her son, Rotem.

But determined to see her wheelchair-bound son walk, Elnatan came up with the idea of the Upsee harness, which allows a parent or caretaker to strap a child to their legs so they can walk in tandem.

The product has already had test runs with families in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada with wild success.



Stacy Warden, a Colorado mom, has been testing the Upsee with her 5-year-old son, Noah, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She told ABC News that the device has, quite simply, changed her family’s life. "He laughs and giggles, something he doesn’t do with other walking devices, which he sees as work,” Warden said. "I am amazed at what this has done for both of us."

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The Upsee is manufactured by the Irish company Leckey and launched globally on April 7. It costs $540 plus shipping and fits kids from 3 to 8 years old.

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