- At 6 weeks old, Matthew Downing's parents were told he'd never walk
- Matthew spet 18 years in physical theraphy and walked with a cane
- After two months of physical training, Matthew walked 36 meters with no support
A teenage boy from the United States has made a giant leap for differently-abled people and took his first steps. The young man has cerebral palsy and was told that he would never be able to walk.
18-year-old, Matthew Downing, has Ataxic cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder (cerebral palsy) which affects his motor skills and his muscle tone. When he was only six weeks old, doctors told his parents that he would never be able to walk.
Determined to prove them wrong, the brave teen worked hard at training to be able to walk. Within just two months of physical training, Matthew walked an impressive 36 meters, without any support, Briefly.co.za found.
Matthew has been using a walker since he was in middle school. He has also gone through 18 years of physical therapy.
Matthew’s proud older brother, Michael, shared a video of his brother’’s accomplishment.
The video of the strong young man walking was shared on social media and quickly became an inspiration for people all around the world. Social media users were blown away by the teen’s resolve and strength.
Micahel says that the love and support from social media motivates him to continue when he is feeling a little down.
For the families of people with cerebral palsy, Matthew provided some much-needed motivation and an opportunity to open up about their own experiences.
Robin Walls, a Facebook users wrote that doctors told him that his son would need constant care and would probably need to spend his life in a nursing home, unable to talk or walk. But God had other plans, and at 20-months-old, Robin says his little boy was walking. He also jokes that his son now not only talks too much, but can also drive, work and lives a fulfilling life.
Another user, Martina Jerome says that her son was also born with the disorder and they were told he would not walk. She says it took 18 months of daily therapy and lots of love for him to learn to walk. She says he is now a jack of all trades, a husband and a father to three beautiful boys.
Other users applauded the determination of Matthew and others with cerebral palsy, saying it is wonderful how many challenges and how much negativity they overcome.
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