A six-year-old Leeds girl has a new tricycle to help with her mobility, thanks to a grant from the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.
Baila Lester was born with a rare combination of two disabilities, both of which affect her mobility, and has undergone numerous operations to help correct the positions of her legs and feet as well as physiotherapy to aid her overall strength and development.
A special frame was fitted to her right leg and foot last year in an attempt to correct their position and, once this was removed it became vital to use her legs so that they did not revert back to their original position.
The Moortown family identified a special therapy tricycle, designed to make pedalling easier, which would help with Baila’s recovery and applied to the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation for a grant towards its cost.
He said: “It is marvellous to see Baila able to get around on her own. Not only is the tricycle an important part of her physical rehabilitation but it is something she really loves so we have achieved two benefits with one grant!”
Eventually Baila will have a similar correcting frame fitted to her left leg, with the new tricycle aiding in recovery again.