I am Luke and I want to walk

18 Mar 2015 | Carole Powell

An excerpt from a letter written by Luke’s mother to the Lions Clubs of Hurstville St George, Lugarno and Oatley who had combined to purchase a Hart Walker and ongoing support for her son -

I just wanted to write to you and thank you for your efforts in getting our little boy, Luke, his Hart Walker.  Already Luke has taken a few steps on his own and walked himself towards a toy, so progress already…Yippee!! . . . . . . . I had a feeling that Luke would adjust quickly to the walker and it seems to be the case.  It has come not a moment too soon, I must say. We had hit a brick wall with his development and learning because Luke has wanted to walk so much that he would refuse to do anything else.  If you saw him writhe and kick to get away from the books I tried to read him you would laugh at his tenacity and stubbornness!  He would not participate in any kind of sedate activity I tried with him; painting, stamping, gluing etc.  Like most little 3 ½ year old boys all he wanted to do was run around and explore the world.  Well, now he’s on his way, thanks to you, and he is loving it – on his own terms, of course!!

I cannot tell you how much we appreciate what you, your colleagues and the Spastic Centre have done for us and for Luke, in particular.  It has given Luke a whole new lease on life, and us as well, as his family. The Walker itself is an excellent machine which enables him complete independence but still challenges him at the same time.  I am thrilled with it after trying for so long to hold him up in a back-breaking effort to try to give him the experience and enjoyment of being upright like everyone else. . . . . . .

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