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Elliot's Story

29/03/2017

Quest 88 Helps Elliot as he progresses through primary school

Nine-year-old Elliott Baker from Oxfordshire has a condition called Kernicterus which has symptoms similar to athetoid CP but also effects Elliott's hearing, speech and eye movement. Elliott is congenitally normal.  This condition causes major challenges to Elliott on a daily basis in everything he does from eating, moving and communicating.

Over the past few years Elliott has benefitted from numerous products from Quest 88 including:  several sizes of Kaye walkers since the age of 2, a rollator, a Kitten tricycle and a RaceRunner. Each product has benefitted Elliott in a different way as his mother Caroline explained:

“When Elliott received his first Kaye Walker his mobility was quite limited.  The Kaye Walker gave Elliott the freedom to move like other children at home and at school and took away a lot of his frustration as well as helping develop muscle strength in his arms and legs.  Just after his 7th birthday Elliott moved on to a Quest 88 rollator which helped him gain the correct position for walking without leaning backwards for security which is incredibly important for his posture as he grew”.

“One of Elliott’s great frustrations is not being able to do the same activities as his sister (Ella) and friends, none more so than when they all started riding their bikes.  Elliott loved his Kitten tricycle as it enabled him to get out and about riding with Ella and once again gave him some normality which is all you want as a parent. The Running Bike (or ‘RaceRunner’), which is a three wheeled frame with a saddle, body support and most notably no pedals, has been brilliant!  Thanks to this great piece of equipment, Elliott could join in during PE sessions at school and run around safely with speed - which all 8 and 9-year-old boys need and want to do”.

The various pieces of Quest 88 equipment Elliott has used over the years have also played an integral role in his ongoing physiotherapy programme.  Each item has helped Elliott gain and maintain muscle strength and co-ordination which is vital to all physio programmes while also increasing his levels of confidence and independence.  Elliott also has regular sessions at the Footsteps centre in Dorchester Oxfordshire which in conjunction with the equipment from Quest 88 has also made a tremendous difference to his stability and ability to walk unaided.

"We have known Peter, Caroline, Ella and Elliot for many years now and watching how Elliott has developed with each piece of our equipment has been incredibly rewarding for everyone here at Quest 88.  We firmly believe that therapy should be fun and Elliott is a fantastic example of how this can be achieved.  One of the highlights of every exhibition we attend is when Elliott comes along and tells us what he wants from us next!" commented Quest 88 Managing Director Rob Henshaw. 

“I cannot praise Rob and the rest of the team at Quest 88 too highly.  From the first time we spoke to them, they have been fantastic and nothing has been too much trouble whether it was technical information, arranging assessments or delivering Elliott’s latest piece of equipment. I would not hesitate in recommending Quest 88 to other families in a similar situation as us” concluded Caroline. 

A final word from Elliott: “Quest 88 are great and have really helped me, thank you”.

The Bakers family pictured here together showing off Elliot's first Kaye Posture Control Walker from Quest 88.

The Bakers family pictured here together showing off Elliot's first Kaye Posture Control Walker from Quest 88.

Elliot had progressed to an adult Kaye Posture Control Walker in no time at all.

Elliot had progressed to an adult Kaye Posture Control Walker in no time at all.

Elliot enjoying a paddle in the sea while under dad's supervision.

Elliot enjoying a paddle in the sea while under dad's supervision.

Our South Wales Product Specialist - James Morant and Elliot with his Petra Running Bike dressed for primary school.

Our South Wales Product Specialist - James Morant and Elliot with his Petra Running Bike dressed for primary school.

For more information on the range of therapy equipment and cycling solutions available from Quest 88 and advice on funding please call 0845 6047258, email: info@quest88.com or visit: www.quest88.com

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