When her son Rotem was only 2-years-old, doctors informed Debby Elnatan that little Rotem’s cerebral palsy was so severe that he wasn’t conscious of his legs and had no idea what they were for.
Devastated, Debby responded by creating a special harness that could allow her son to stand upright and experience the world like any other young boy.
The design of the harness is fairly simple. She simply cinches the top of the harness to her waist and then wears sandals that were specifically designed for the harness. These two items in tandem allow her son to walk with her while keeping his hands free.
She calls her harness the Upsee and selected a company called Leckey to mass produce it. Since its creation, around twenty other families across the globe have been trying out her invention to positive results.
Many parents are saying that the Upsee is much more comfortable and realistic than other, more rigid mobility solutions for their children. It is also serving as something of a bonding experience, as there is much flesh to flesh contact and more freedom for the child to move and experience life without the boundaries and hindrances of a wheelchair getting in the way.
One child in particular, Noah Warden, is living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. His mother is using the Upsee and has noticed that the Upsee promotes Noah to imitate natural walking movements. It is her hope that continued use of the Upsee will one day help him to finally walk unassisted.
The public at large will have the opportunity to experience these sorts of results, as the Upsee officially went on sale on April 7th. So far, initial interest in the product has been substantial.