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Samuel’s First Ride

Samuel is an energetic, sociable six year old. He has a congenital dislocation of the left hip which causes stiffness in his hip and one leg is slightly shorter than the other.

Samuel first came to TAD when he needed an adjustable table and chair both for school and for home. TAD volunteers built him an Adjustable Chair and Table which enabled him to sit comfortably and upright and can be adjusted as he grows.

When Samuel and his mother were out shopping, a red Samurai Power Ranger bike caught Samuel’s eye. It was just his size however it needed a modification for him to be able to keep his left foot on the pedal.

“We wanted him to be able to ride to decrease the stiffness in his hip and knee. We had been to TAD before so I thought ‘that’s where I can go’ and called TAD’s Physiotherapist Brendan,” Lucy explains. “Brendan said bring the bike in and we will see what we can do.”

The bike was converted from a free wheel to a fixed wheel and foot cups were attached to the pedals so his feet would stay on the bike. After a push from mum, Samuel can move by himself and he makes sure his brothers and sisters are watching!

“His personality makes it easy – you can laugh with him. So many people see the disability but they don’t see the fun we have together as a family. There are so many unsung heroes at TAD and, as a parent, it is a wonderful resource.”

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