A group of schoolchildren make a special wheelchair so a disabled father can walk with his newborn son.
Jeremy King, 37, had limited mobility after surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2017.
He worries about how he can help his wife, Chelsea, after giving birth.
Chelsea, a teacher at Bullis School in Maryland, enlisted her students’ help in designing the WheeStroll, a child’s chair that can be attached to a wheelchair.
Just weeks after the birth of the couple’s son, Phoenix, Jeremy was able to take him for a walk in a hybrid stroller.
Jeremy said, “I was very emotional and excited because it really increased my son’s independence.
“It allowed me to experience things I couldn’t before WheeStrroll. This allows us as a family more freedom of movement. “
The theater teacher at Chelsea High School said, “The gift of seeing Jeremy have freedom of movement with our son is a gift.
“This operation changed our lives drastically and we are working very hard to face, learn and overcome these challenges, but parenting is a whole new challenge.
“It gives us the opportunity to do something as simple as walking as a family; something that many families don’t need to think twice about. “
Just three months after his engagement to Chelsea, Jeremy underwent an eight-hour brain tumor surgery in October 2017 which resulted in limited mobility.
He said: “I am very worried about the safety of myself and our children, especially Chelsea, and how she’s going to support us.
“It keeps going on in my head, so it’s important for us to find things that will help us.”
The pair looked for products to help Jeremy, but luckily Chelsea enlisted the help of their partner, Matt Ziegler, Coordinator of the Innovation and Technology Laboratory.
He asked if he could design something to fit into Jeremy’s wheelchair so he could carry his son while driving.
Chelsea said: The idea was to put him in his class for the public good and I think that’s a great idea. “
Children at the school conducted interviews with families and firefighters, who offered training in installing child seats.
The school team purchased or 3D printed all the necessary parts and even borrowed a prototype wheelchair from the school nurse.
Jeremy, who works in administration, said, “It was a very emotional experience because I never thought that I could do something as safe as taking my child for a walk.”
Just in time for the baby’s birth on March 4 this year, the WheeStroll was ready and within weeks Jeremy was taking baby Phoenix out for a walk.
“We hope that people see this story,” says Jeremy, “and they know that there is a way to avoid their challenge, and that they can make it themselves cheaply.
“I want to personally thank the students for considering my situation and developing this wonderful device.”