Kids Team Up To Help 6 Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Walk
A powerful video is going viral this week showing the moment two little kids come together to help a 6 year-old with cerebral palsy walk.
New York mom Andrea Mackey was at a local water park with her son Jeffrey when she noticed his cerebral palsy flare up. Like any caring mother, Andrea was worried at first, but she soon realized that she had nothing to fear when Jeffrey’s two 5 year-old friends stepped up to help him.
”One of the obstacles Jeffrey faces with cerebral palsy is that his muscles get tight making it hard for him to walk,” Jeffrey’s sister, Mikaila, wrote alongside the video on Twitter. “Today at the water park he was having a hard time walking but, his friends pushed him to keep going and never left him behind.”
One of the obstacles Jeffrey faces with cerebral palsy is that his muscles get tight making it hard for him to walk. Today at the water park he was having a hard time walking but, his friends pushed him to keep going and never left him behind? pic.twitter.com/o5tx94ifTE
— mikaila ryan (@Mikaila_ryan) August 2, 2019
Jeffrey is partially paralyzed on the right side of his body due to his cerebral palsy.
“Jeffrey is a tough kid,” Andrea explained. “We push him and support him in whatever he wants to do. We keep him as active as our four other kids.”
She went on to say that Jeffrey plays many sports, including soccer and football, and that he hopes to become a professional football player when he grows up.
— mikaila ryan (@Mikaila_ryan) August 4, 2019
Though Jeffrey is full of energy, his cerebral palsy sometimes slows him down.
“When he gets cold, his muscles get tighter and it can make it difficult for him to move or walk,” Andrea said.
This is what happened at the water park, but thankfully, Jeffrey’s soccer teammates Kane Raymond and Raya Joyce were not about to let him miss out on the fun.
“Instead of Raya and Kane running past him to keep going down the slide, they stopped and noticed that he wasn’t moving as fast,” Andrea said. “The more he stopped they didn’t run by him, they just kept helping him.”
“Because his legs… he couldn’t really walk, and I had to hold his hand up the stairs,” Raya added.
Kane and Raya stuck by Jeffrey’s side for the entire five hours they were at the park, helping him walk the whole time.
“As a mom, it was heartwarming. It reassured me that he will always have people to look out for him,” Andrea said. “Even if I’m not there, there will be someone as young as five to look out for him. It put my heart at ease.”