An adorable young girl with a disability was over the moon after she got her own little set of steps to climb into the car unaided.
Lilac Jackson, who was born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, couldn’t contain her happiness as she boarded the vehicle on her own for the first time ever.
Watch the moment in the video below.
Video credit: Rumble
Lilac had to use walking aids to move around, and the duty of carrying her into the car was always performed by her mother, Leila.
Following a major operation last year, the brave girl left her parents shocked by walking into her primary school class totally unaided.
It was her first day in school and she wanted to make it special.
Now the five-year-old seated herself into the car using a tiny set of stairs brought by her mom – making it her second ‘first.’
Thirty-seven-year-old Leila was heartbroken when young Lilac apologized in response to her lifting Lilac into the car seat since it hurt her back.
But the mother-daughter duo was all happy when Lilac walked down the pavement from their house to the car, in Cheltenham.
The mum-of-three, who also has three-year-old Leo and 13-year-old-Lulu, said: “Last week my back decided it couldn’t take much more of the constant lifting Lilac in and out of the car.
“She is a tall five-year-old and getting heavier and heavier. She actually turned to me last week and said ‘I’m sorry mummy’ which just broke my heart.
“So for the sake of her dignity we had to come up with a solution. I asked other parents who have disabled children and they came up with ingenious ways to make life that little bit easier.
“That’s where the idea of caravan steps came into play. Any parent of a special needs kid will agree when I say all the equipment cost the earth.
“So to have a little staircase which cost £19.99($26) has been an absolute game changer.”
Lilac was born in October 2014 at South East London’s Princess Royal Hospital in Bromley.
Lilac had to be kept on life support for five days after she was rushed by ambulance to King’s College Hospital just within one day of her birth.
Last year, she underwent a major operation after her parents raised over £100,000($130,000) by crowdfunding. It enabled her to walk for the first time.
Leila said: “I think the next goal will be for her to get up from the floor by herself. It takes a lot of strength for her to do that.
“If she keeps progressing in the way that she is, we’re hoping that there’ll be no need for sticks, and they can sit in the garage and gather dust.”
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