A few weeks ago there was a burst of publicity about an Israeli mother of a disabled child who invented a special harness to allow her child to walk with her. The invention, called the “Upsee”, came from a Jerusalem woman and gained a fair big of publicity in Jewish and Israeli press.
Now the company has hit the publicity jackpot with this story in The Daily Mail in the UK. And it’s a beautiful story and well deserved. You must click through to see all the pictures.
Flower girl, 4, takes her first steps – thanks to a harness attached to her dad
Isabella Luckett has cerebral palsy and cannot stand up unaided
Four-year-old stunned guests by walking down the aisle at aunt’s wedding
Using a harness attached to her dress and her dad she was able walk
It also also enabled her to dance at the wedding reception
The harness is called an Upsee and was launched last month
The Upsee was invented by mother Debby Elnatan to help her son Rotem, who has cerebral palsy, to walk.
The music therapist, originally from Jerusalem, Israel, launched it through Northern Ireland-based manufacturer Leckey after successful trials in the UK, US and Canada.
She said: ‘It is wonderful to see this product available to families across the world. When my son was two years old, I was told by medical professionals that he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them.
‘That was an incredibly difficult thing for a mother to hear. I started to walk him day after day, which was a very strenuous task for both of us.
And now the Israellycool bit… I’m sorry BDS fans, if you’re child is unable to walk you’ll just have to use a wheelchair. As these pre-date the re-creation of modern Israel you can probably use these but may want to avoid the electric ones which may well contain microprocessors designed in Israel.
And also note how the Daily Mail, unlike the US State department, seems to have no difficulty placing Jerusalem in Israel. That’s nice.