Watch: Disabled child walks for the first time in front of cheering classmates
This is the inspirtional moment a disabled boy got out of his wheelchair and walked for the very first time as his classmates cheered him on.
David Matos de Souza, 6, is suffering from poliomyelitis, an infectious disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord and causes muscle atrophy and paralysis.
He always needs a wheelchair to move but in a highly emotional moment caught on camera, he got up and walked in front of his friends for the first time as they applauded his incredible efforts.
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As the teacher films the moment, the class can be heard shouting: “David, David, David, go, David go.”
Smiling David starts to walk slowly between tables, putting his hands on them in order not to fall.
When he gets to the wall of the classroom, he is seen turning around and walking back again where the teacher is waiting for him.
He ends his first steps in the arms of the teacher, who hugs him for his incredible feat.
David’s mother Roseley said that her son was born paralysed and since then he had never been without a wheelchair.
She said: “Seeing the video, it was so emotional. I cried a lot. I would have never expected that this happened inside the school.
“Due to his paralysis, doctors had said he would never be able to walk, but more recently he has been getting some physical therapy and his classmates decided to try and encourage him to walk.”
She added: “After so many years of hardship it’s indescribable how I feel now.
“The one thing I want to say is if there are other mothers in a similar situation, never give up on your children.”
David has now managed to walk several times since and is determined to one day give up the wheelchair for good.