Magic Shoes Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy Learn to Walk

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

In Australia it has been reported that a game-changing pair of orthotics called "Magic Shoes," made by a company called AbilityMate are making it possible for children with Cerebral Palsy to walk on their own.

Cerebral Palsy "is the result of a combination of events either before, during or after birth that can lead to an injury in a baby’s developing brain," (Cerebral Palsy Alliance). Cerebral Palsy is sometimes caused by preventable medical mistakes where the baby did not get adequate oxygen to the brain before, during, or after birth. Cerebral Palsy will ultimately result in a lifetime of medical expenses and care requirements for the child.  We have represented many children with Cerebral Palsy caused by medical malpractice in D.C. hospitals and have seen first-hand how these kids and families struggle to get adequate resources.

Kids affected by Cerebral Palsy traditionally have learned to walk using a "frame" which is a stabilizing mechanism that can help kids learn to walk, and they use it to help with the muscle weakness and motor skill impairment caused by Cerebral Palsy. Other kids with more severe Cerebral Palsy are in a wheelchair.

Thanks to Austrailian entrepreneur Melissa Fuller, there are now 3-D printed orthotics called Magic Shoes which allow children to walk on their own. They are measured and fitted to the individual child and can be ready in as little as two months (compared to much longer with traditional orthotics). If the shoes work, they will help with mobility, exercise and play.

If you are a parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy or developmental delays in the D.C. area, call or complete our order form for our absolutely FREE, no obligation book of local resources you and your family can use: from education to summer camps.  Our resource guide, Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves: A Parent's Guide to Resources, was developed working with our clients after seeing their struggles and successes, and discovering what they need and what works for them.

And after reading our resource guide, if you have resources that have worked for your child and family, please send them to us at [email protected] so we can include them in the next edition . We are always looking for ways to improve the lives of kids with special needs, so please send us your suggestions. 

If you or somebody you know may be affected by a preventable medical mistake and are ready to learn more about your legal rights that can help get the resources you need, call us today at 202-393-3320. You will speak with a real person who understands what you and your family are going through.  The call is completely confidential, of course.  

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