Kimberly Minor, three-year-old Georgia’s mother, says that in a lot of ways, Georgia is like a typical three-year-old. She likes playing with her toys, passing a ball back and forth with her dad, going on the swings at the park, and riding her adaptive bicycle from Freedom Concepts.
Georgia has Trisomy 18, a rare chromosome abnormality disorder that’s similar to Down syndrome. Her particular type of Trisomy 18; Trisomy 18, Partial Monosomy 18; is even more rare.
“There aren’t even statistics for the odds of it,” Kimberly says. “You have a better shot at winning the lottery.”
With the help of physical therapy and occupational therapy multiple times a week, as well as her adaptive bicycle, Georgia began walking with a walker a couple of months ago. Georgia first began using an adaptive bicycle in physical therapy, and her physical therapist recommended getting one to help Georgia with coordination while she was learning to walk.
“I think [the bike] helps with the coordination piece of it, the repetition of one foot in front of the other, so she can replicate that in a walker, just like in therapy,” Kimberly said. “This is having the ability to do it at home, and in a way, that’s fun for her.”
When COVID-19 struck, Georgia went for bike rides nearly every day because parks were closed and therapy was cancelled. Kimberly said there were limited options of things to do, but the bike was a great way for their family to get outside every day and get some energy out.
“I like to take her outside at least once a day and the bike gives us that opportunity to give her something to do.”
To learn more about Freedom Concepts adaptive bicycles, click here.