Rolling Without Limits

Your mobility may be limited. Your voice, boundless.

Girl Who Uses Wheelchair Completes Ice Skate Challenge
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

Girl Who Uses Wheelchair Completes Ice Skate Challenge

Mia doesn't take no for an answer and she recently proved it by completing her ice skate challenge in front of a supportive crowd.

Bent on learning ice skate to raise money for charity, Mia neither paid attention to her doctors' admonition nor did she take notice of her parents' apprehension.

10-year-old Mia has congenital hemiplegia, which is a form of cerebral palsy. She heavily relies on her wheelchair for mobility. It also helps her to deal with exhaustion and pain.

Mia is also vulnerable to disc dislocation aside from having a lack of strength down the right side of her body. But these challenges did little to deter her.

She spent a year developing ice skating skills to raise money for charity while advocating for a better life for individuals with disabilities and winning awards for her dedication.

Learning to ice skate was no child's play for Mia. She was told her pursuit could land her in big trouble as it would put immense pressure on her body, increase pain and result in a lack of energy.

But this Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff based little girl responded: "It has to be hard to get people to sponsor me."

It took her a long time (3 months, to be precise), just to balance on her skates. Following each practice session, Mia spent days to recover from exhaustion and prolonged pain from all the falls.

Despite the fact that learning to ice skate was quite grueling, Mia said it was all worth it as she skated across the ice in Cardiff's Ice Arena Wales before a cheering crowd at the Allstars Weekend ice hockey match, scoring a penalty to raise over a whopping £6,300 (about $8,190) for kids in need.

It was particularly hard for Mia because she fell down several times during practice. However, her happiness knew no bounds after she finished her challenge and scored her first ever goal on the ice, Mia said.

Her parents, Karene and Robert would never have thought they would see this moment, especially because the doctors said Mia would never walk.

After doctors diagnosed her at 18 months, they doubted she would even be able to speak in full sentences, Karene recalls.

But much to their delight, Mia was not only able to stand by holding a chair for support but also took her first wobbly steps days before she started school. However, life isn't a walk in the park for Karene, Robert, and their little girl.

According to Karene, she and Robert have several unsleeping nights since Mia's condition has an effect on the right side of her body, which she says is very weak.

She is unable to move back if she turns onto her side while sleeping. As a result, she wakes up in severe pain. In order to prevent this from happening, both Karene and Robert wake up every one-and-a-half hours to turn her over. As if that weren't enough, Just 20 minutes of running around playing with her friends take a massive toll on Mia, who suffers from a lot of pain for at least two days.

Her parents are in regular contact with the staff at A&E because her joints easily dislocate, adding to her stress. As she gets older, her anxiety is increasing which makes things worse.

It was Mia's unceasing yearning for normality that motivated her to start fundraising.

Five years ago, the Dreams Come True charity, which gives hopes to children with life-limiting conditions, gave Mia and her family a vacation in Florida.

Not too many people know the meaning of having physio on a daily basis and having to visit the hospital every day, Karene said.

The vacation gave Mia a much-needed break from it all.  Ever since then, Mia was determined to give back and help other kids. (Image Credit: Dreams Come True Charity/YouTube)

Leave a Comment

Top Posts in Quality of Life

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.