The toddler making bravery fashionable
MIKEY Albert is just 20 months old — but the gritty courage, determination and optimism of this Tuart Hill tot has inspired a boutique kids’ clothing label that is getting international interest.
“Mighty Able” was launched just four months ago by Mikey’s mum Emma Albert, 31, as a tribute to her son’s brave, fun-loving attitude to his challenges with cerebral palsy.
The former corporate and events manager has designed kids’ onesies and shirts bearing slogans such as Mighty Brave, Mighty Fierce, Mighty Strong, Mighty Rare, Prove Them Wrong, Labels Don’t Define Me and The Sky’s the Limit.
The clothing line is testament to the strength of character possessed by so many children with different abilities and diagnosed challenges.
“These kids are so mighty and so strong,” Mrs Albert says. “They go through so much and you can’t even begin to imagine it, what it’s like to be in their little shoes. I’ve seen little kids almost ‘written-off’ by doctors ... and they’ve really proved them wrong. It’s what I want to celebrate.”
Four weeks before Mikey was due, Mrs Albert was on her last shift at Scarborough’s Rendezvous Hotel when the lack of foetal movement concerned her enough to go to hospital. An emergency C-section soon followed and just five days later, a paediatrician was telling Mrs Albert and husband Andrew that their little Mikey had “severe brain damage”.
“I left the room and wailed in the corridor,” Mrs Albert recalls. “It’s not what you expect and it’s a difficult battle all the way through.”
She finds it uplifting to talk about Mikey honestly and to meet, through the “Mighty Able” brand, other parents and their kids who face similar battles.
“These kids are in hospital and going into surgery and their parents send me a picture of them in their Mighty Brave T-shirt — it’s really lovely,” she says.
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