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Mum carries her son so he can see the world

Niki Antram and Jimmy on a quad bike
Niki Antram and Jimmy on a quad bike Image credit:

Niki Antram has be one of the strongest mums we have covered in our articles, both physically and mentally – who else do you know who has carried their son on their backs so they can travel the world?

And Jimmy Antram is no light baby, or child for that matter; in fact he is 26-years-old and has seen the globe clinging on to his mother’s shoulders.

Niki, 43, is busy planning their next vacation which will see the two visiting Canada, they were meant to go last year, but Covid-19 sadly put a stop to that.

Jimmy has physical and mental disabilities, including vision loss and requires 24-hour care from his mother and support workers.

Ms Antram told Daily Mail Australia: 'Planning big holidays, I always make sure I have plenty of nappies, clothes, and even bed pads, sheets and pillowcases.’

Whenever she takes Jimmy somewhere she needs to call ahead to ensure the venue is suitable for her son’s requirements.

'Even if I know we will be okay I like to inform the companies to give them a heads up about us to make sure they understand and are okay with having us there,' she said.

Although some places cannot accommodate her son one country which is almost fully accessible is Hawaii where ‘everyone wanted [Jimmy] to join'.

'I have worked out how to piggyback Jimmy while pulling my suitcase and carry on through an airport until they give me a wheelchair we use until we board the plane.' 

The two have made some everlasting memories together, it helps they both have similar interests and rarely have early nights.

Niki said: ‘From Hawaii to Bali I'd be staying out all night with Jimmy because he was a party animal like me at the time.

'I will with Jimmy find ways to get him the best and most adventurous life, and most of the time, it's the simplest things that he loves the most.'  

If they aren’t travelling the world Jimmy and Niki wake up at the crack of dawn to go on a bike ride, he’s in the trailer whilst mum pedals him around so he can take in the sights using his hearing.

Jimmy was registered blind when he was two months old, the first sign that something wasn’t quite right was when Ms Antram’s grandmother noticed he wasn’t looking directly in front when she dangled toys in front of his eyes.

Six months later Jimmy was diagnosed with epilepsy, fortunately the seizures stopped over a few years and now he does not require any medication.

Niki said: 'He's my inspiration. I see him... He's always happy, smiling... He doesn't see me in a conventional way, but I'm sure he has a vision of what I look like in his mind.'   

Just like any other mum she tries to teach her son new words and movements every day – and just like any other son there’s a few daily routines Jimmy isn’t too keen on.t

'He knows he need to get his teeth brushed, which he hates,' Ms Antram said. 'He will say ''oww'', then I hold his mouth open, he complains and allows me to brush his teeth... but then he's very happy because he finally gets to go to sleep.'

'Sometimes I ask myself how can I be sad when I see Jimmy, who has never seen colours, clouds or rainbows and he is just sitting with a smile.'

She became a mum at the age of 17 and admits having a baby at such a young age meant she did not have the ‘carefree life’ most teenagers have.

Money is tight as well, Niki is saving up so she can afford a troop carrier in time for their next visit around Australia, but the mum receives a single carer’s pension and can only work when her son is being cared for by support workers.

Jimmy Antram has a wheelchair, but his mum said she never enjoys using it and prefers to carry him.