Painstak­ing process just to get in the door

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

FRONT WHEELS UP

David takes a deep breath and slowly raises the front of his walker onto the step. It’s tricky as he must bal­ance his weight on the rear wheels. If he gets it wrong, he could slip back­wards and split his head open like he did in May.

ONE FOOT UP FIRST

The steps are too nar­row for the walker, so he has to drag one foot, then the other onto the step, leav­ing him bal­anced pre­car­i­ously. On the video from which these stills are taken, you can hear his mother of­fer­ing to stand be­hind him.

SUC­CESS! TWO FEET UP

The de­ter­mined lit­tle boy pushes on. He tries to step for­ward but the walker is blocked by the next step. He must then care­fully lift the whole walker to­ward the next step, hav­ing to bal­ance on his own mo­men­tar­ily.

ONE DOWN, THREE TO GO

David has ne­go­ti­ated the first step suc­cess­fully but here are four steps so he must re­peat the painstak­ing and danger­ous process un­til he can get through the door into the sin­gle B&B room he shares with his fam­ily.

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