Aaron takes his first steps

Aaron takes his first stepsAaron Jardim was born with Spina Bifida. As a result he has paralysis in his lower limbs, with some movement in his quadriceps.

A year and a half ago Aaron visited the team at The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre, founded by SpinChat speaker Rhiannon, in the hope of increasing his level of movement and agility.

Months of tough sessions and hard work followed, but Aaron always persevered. In August, at the age of 11 and with the support of his physiologists, Aaron took his first steps.

But it doesn’t end there. Aaron, who’s now more motivated than ever before, has set his sights on walking without a frame, using only crutches for assistance.

Without delay the team at The Next Step put out a call for a pair of crutches. Independence Australia offered to help and kind donations from staff were used to purchase a pair for Aaron.

In September, Captain Independence visited Aaron during one of his training sessions to present him with the new crutches. Aaron was thrilled with the gift and of course excited to meet Captain Independence.

Eager to get using the crutches, Aaron stayed behind after his session to squeeze in some extra training. With Aaron’s determination, we’re sure he’ll be using them with confidence in no time. We’ll keep you posted on Aaron’s progress in the coming months.