Most children love to go outside to feel the winter breeze and play in the snow. And a young boy from Canada with cerebral palsy is no longer exempted from all the winter fun – thanks to his wonderful customized winter wheelchair.
David Coronatta, 8 years old, was born with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that involves spontaneous and repeated seizures of any type. Cerebral palsy, on the other hand, is an abnormality of motor function caused by a prenatal brain defect or by brain injury during birth. Because of these conditions, David uses a wheelchair.
Like most kids, David enjoys getting out during the winter season. He loves the icy days and the snow. However, going out using a conventional wheelchair is nowhere near possible. It is hard for this type of wheelchairs to navigate around slippery, snowy pavements. David will just be stuck in the snow with that chair.
Natalie Richard, David’s mom, knew her son would be bored and sad staying at home watching the other kids enjoy winter wonderland through the window. She wanted to do something to help her son enjoy the season safely.
However, winter chairs are expensive and she could not afford to buy one. Those that are a bit cheaper are not easy to find and they often have to be imported from the US. But she did not lose hope.
The Verdun resident visited the owner of Sports Campus, Laurent Gagnon, hoping to find something to help her son. She told Gagnon about David, his condition and the struggles both of them went through in finding solutions especially during winter days.
Gagnon, a father of four, was touched of Richard’s story. Having a heart that is always eager to help, he thought of a method that could help David go out in the snow without so much challenge. So, he outfitted the young lad’s wheelchair with skis.
The Sports Campus owner stated that it was at first a puzzle. But remembering a teacher who once told him that nothing is impossible, he just thought of something that could really help the young boy. And that was the result, he said. He just put things together to create a customized winter wheelchair for David.
He said during an interview that he is willing to help anyone who needs the special winter wheelchair. But he is not commercializing it, though there were already a number of families who asked him for the customized ski-wheelchair.
And as for David, winter means enjoying the snow, building a snowman and feeling the cool breeze. With his winter wheelchair, his mom will be able to take him out and enjoy the snowy season with him.