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New Trike Helps Boy Walk for the First Time - featured September 8, 2010

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[Source: BBC]

The parents of a six-year-old with a type of cerebal palsy say they still can't believe he's walking unaided. Amy and Gary Baddeley from Silverdale in Newcastle-under-Lyme were told their oldest son Ben would always need a wheelchair.

Now though, thanks to the help of a special tricycle, his muscles have become so strong he's spent the whole summer walking without his sticks. Locals at the Bush Pub in Silverdale raised the money to pay for the trike.

Ben Baddeley has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. It means he can't, or shouldn't be able to walk unaided.

When he was aged one, his parents Amy and Gary were told that he would have to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Special trike
When he started school, the teachers were worried that he wouldn't be able to play outside with the other children. A physiotherapist suggested that Ben could try a special trike.

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