Wheelchair Bound Children Can Now Walk

Wheelchair Bound Children Can Now Walk


As parents we’re always brainstorming ways to simplify our lives, make things easier and enrich our children’s experiences. One Israeli mom, Debbie Elnatan, has created something magnificent to not only enrich, but revolutionize her son’s day to day life. Debbie’s son has cerebral palsy and in order to help him walk she developed the Upsee. She said in a March press release, “Out of my pain and desperation came the idea for the Upsee and I’m delighted to see it come to fruition“.

That’s right, wheelchair bound children now have a way to walk, play ball and experience life while standing. The Upsee design has a harness and two sets of sandals to connect parent and child. It allows the parent to bear weight while allowing the child to experience a walking movement and standing experience.

The Firefly Upsee is being manufactured by North Ireland’s Leckey and will be available April 7, 2014. Sizing and pricing details will be released on April 1st during a free online seminar. Sign up here for details.


Even more than the physical benefit of walking, parents who have tested the Upsee claim that it has huge emotional benefits – more smiles, more laughter and more fun; Every parent’s dream for their child.

Take a peek at the Upsee in action and you’ll see what I mean …


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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).


  1. This device isn’t new. Mary Bridge Childrens’ Hospital in Tacoma, WA was using a similar brace and shoe set 15 years ago. They were calling them “Wacky Walkers.” I applaud the current inventor for her hard work and determination to let her child “walk.” Our son has Arthrogryposis and will never walk, run, dance or play like an abled child would. This device would never give him that freedom and independence he’ll desire, either. His spirit, determination, surgeries and therapies have, however, shown everyone what a resourceful 4-year-old can do. Someday we’ll find the means to get him a wheelchair van so he can go even further than he has now.


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