Restoring the ability to walk is a key step toward independence
Restoring the ability to walk is a key step toward independence

Caregiver Linda Sheehy

My daughter, Desiree is 7 years old. She has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, which causes weak muscles.

Desiree couldn’t walk without the aid of the Up n’ Go. She uses it to dance, jump, hop, transfer from sitting to standing and vice versa. Desiree needs my help to move the Up n’ Go, but it is great to see her put one foot in front of the other. If she stops we both stop. I can’t make the Up n’ Go move without her putting one foot in front of the other.

Desiree uses the Up n’ Go daily for over an hour. She walks, stands and does her homework too. We have to use it after school because the school won’t allow its use in school time. We are still arguing with them about it.

Desiree gets a huge amount of joy from being in the Up n’ Go. It is a great form of exercise for her and it allows her to be eye to eye with her peers. Being upright as opposed to sitting is beneficial to her whole being, including breathing, circulation, digestion, bone density, keeping her hip joints supple, and it makes exercising fun for her.

Hope this has been helpful. Thanks,

Linda Sheehy

See Desiree in her Up n’ Go here

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