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Little boy learns to speak and walk

Louie walking with the hoist attached to his dad
Louie walking with the hoist attached to his dad Image credit: metro.co.uk

Last year Louie George Wood said the word ‘mum’ for the first time, quite an achievement for a little boy whose parents were told he would never be able to speak.

When he was born Louie had a few things against him, there was his quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, a delayed development and the brain injury periventricular leukomalacia.

Despite the complications not only has the young hero learnt to talk, with the assistant of a Leckey Firefly harness he is now able to take a few steps attached to his dad Tom Wood, 34 around the family house in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

His mum and full-time carer Jodie Morgan, 33, told Metro Online: ‘I was absolutely bursting with pride to see Louie walking – I had to pick my heart up off the ground.

‘As a four-year-old boy he should running all over the place but he can’t because of his conditions, so see him up and about like that was absolutely huge.

‘Louie was so excited, he was doing loads of ‘oohs and ahhs’. His face said it all, he was grinning like a Cheshire cat.’

The proud mum added: ‘Louie has a very cheeky character and he’s also very loving.

‘He knows what he wants and when he wants it and he’d not afraid to let us know.’

The Leckey Firefly Upsee, which sells for an eye-watering £400, has footholds and straps strong enough to allow a child stand and walk whilst being attached to an adult.

Thanks to the device Louie has been practicing his football skills with eight-year-old brother Jake during the lockdown in their back garden.

Jodie admits: ‘It has been so difficult, usually Tom and I have help from family but at the moment we obviously don’t.

‘We’re both absolutely knackered.

‘We don’t know when we’ll be able to go out again but we can’t wait to get Louie walking down the street and playing in the park.’

Jodie and Tom are raising money so Louie can have a life-changing operation. You can make a donation here.