Max was just four months old when Sally, his mother, noticed that something wasn’t quite right. But extensive testing has still only provided a few clues to explain why he can’t walk, has poor muscle tone and difficulty with his balance.
“One explanation we’ve been given is a condition known as Cerebellar Ataxia but this isn’t a complete diagnosis,” says Sally. “Consequently, Max needs extensive therapy to build his muscle core strength.”
Although his speech has been delayed, Max is still quite a comedian and has a fierce streak of determination. He wanted to ride a bike with his brother and sister but he couldn’t use a standard bike. So Sally went to Freedom Wheels.
”I didn’t give them a lot of notice but they had the bike ready to go for his birthday. Thanks to Freedom Wheels, Max had a really happy birthday.”
The Freedom Wheels bike is more than just a fun bike that lets Max to keep up with his older siblings when they go cycling. It’s also a useful means of transport and exercise, building his muscle tone and letting him ride to his local pre-school rather than being pushed in his pram. “He needs a bit more work on his steering,” says Sally with a smile.
Max is now learning to horse ride and plans to be playing Soccer very soon.