Flash new wheels get disabled kids moving
Xzavier Radford can’t yet walk but is already the proud owner of a shiny new set of wheels.
The 2- year- old was born with Prader Willi Syndrome and gets left behind by other kids his age because he can only shuffle around on his bottom.
This week, he was one of seven Auckland children with disabilities which affect their mobility given ride- in electric cars, thanks to GoBabyGo.
Prader Willi Syndrome delayed Xzavier’s development, meaning he could not yet walk or talk, but the biggest i ssue those with the rare condition face i s an insatiable appetite.
Mum Holley Radford said he was starting to display signs of constant hunger, meaning they would soon have to lock all food away to keep him at a healthy weight.
But for now, his new BMW would give him independence, she said.
“He hates when people do things for him. He’ll be able to do everything with his friends.”
The grin on his face was evidence the bubbly boy loved every minute behind the wheel of his new car.
Charity GoBabyGo gives electric cars to Kiwi kids with mobility issues to get them moving and help their families get the children around.
This week the New Zealand branch, which has been running since late 2014, gave out its 173rd car.
The Treadaway family, who also received a car this week, said it would be “life- changing” for them and their daughter, Scout.
Parents Scott and Kate Treadaway noticed their little girl wasn’t moving much soon after she was born and took her for genetic testing.
They found she had a rare disorder where some chromosomes were duplicated and triplicated. Doctors initially told them she would need a feeding tube and would never talk or walk.
Now aged 4, Scout has consistently proved the doctors wrong.
Her father said Scout could eat on her own, pull herself up to her feet and walk with someone holding one hand.
While she couldn’t talk, she could understand what was being said and could communicate through gestures, he said. “She’s doing really well now,” Treadaway said.
The new electric car would make it easier for the family to get out together because she was growing out of her buggy and was too heavy to carry for long, he said.
GoBabyGo chief executive Gilli Sinclair said it was about increasing both the mobility and socialisation of the children.
“It’s wonderful for the kids because they are able to play with the other kids,” she said.
Each car, which can be controlled by the child or via a remote, costs about $ 1500 and is funded through donations and sponsorship.
Disabled Auckland 2- year- old Xzavier Radford can move around in style with his new ride- in electric car from GoBabyGo.