I can jump waves on holiday!

Project  / Project number: OX19/1450/6DA  /  Status:

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The challenge

5 year-old boy (one of twins) with Cerebral Palsy, who has recently had surgery to enable him to stand, planning going on their first family holiday to the beach. He wanted to use his ‘K’ Walker on the sand and in the sea.

Image of a commercially made ‘K’ Walker before adaptation.

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The solution

Larger / wider wheels were obtained and fitted to the walker to enable it to be used in a salty / sandy environment without sinking in, as the standard K-Walker wheels would do.

Mounting blocks (aluminum) were machined and bushes (brass) turned to enable the wheels to be mounted on the frame.

Child using his adapted ‘K’ walker on the beach.

The benefit

This project enables this young boy to share a beach holiday with his able-bodied twin brother for the first time and jump the waves.

3 thoughts on "I can jump waves on holiday!"

  1. Avatar Tim Greenway says:

    Hi,
    I’m from Coventry & Warwick REMAP group and have been asked to some almost exactly the same job for another patient.
    Would it be possible to share sketches and details of where you got the wheels for this modification?
    I haven’t yet been to see the patient. From the photo’s, it looks like the front wheels castor. Do they castor on your modified version? Do they need to castor?
    Many thanks
    Tim

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    1. Avatar Joe Iliffe says:

      Hello Tim,
      I am from the Berkshire group and have also been asked to do the same job for a client in Reading. We have had information about this project from the Oxford group including the supplier of the pneumatic wheels. If you and I can find a way to communicate directly I am sure it would be a benefit. Question is, how do we do that?

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  2. Avatar Robert Monk says:

    Tim, if you email me at berks.caseofficer@remapgroups.org.uk, I will share what we have with you

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