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.
“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. Out of the determination to see her wheelchair-bound son walk, she 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.
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The product has already had test runs with families in the UK, US and Canada with wild success. In the video above, you can see the pure happiness that the harness has brought to an entire home. “The Upsee means so much to us as a family,” a delighted mom says. “It’s given us the opportunity to do things we would have never had a chance to do.”
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 will be manufactured by Irish company Leckey and launches globally on April 7. It costs $540 plus shipping and fits kids from 3-8-years-old.
Now this is a giant step for disabled children and their families worldwide.