A student resource officer usually prevents crime from happening in schools. But some go above and beyond the call of duty to help students in other ways. One officer in Colorado helped a boy with cerebral palsy to walk. The Denver Channel explains.
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Officer Bradley Gagon built a “railing runway” to help a kindergarten student learn how to walk without a wheelchair. The officer’s hope was that the railed walkway, which he built out of PVC, would help the boy’s muscles develop. With practice and strength training, the boy has a chance of walking without a wheelchair later in life.
The child was blindfolded and shown the railway, which was spray-painted in his favorite colors. To the delight of everyone, the boy was able to make it all the way down the eight-foot walkway, turn around using a bar at the end, then walk all the way back.
According to the officer, there wasn’t a dry eye among the adults after seeing the boy take his first steps. He was given the walkway to keep for home training.
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Regular physical therapy can make all the difference in the life of someone with cerebral palsy. It can help keep the body strong and coordinated enough that the use of mobility devices can be reduced or even eliminated. While cerebral palsy symptoms may never completely go away, the ability to walk independently can make a huge difference.