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Finn McCowen receives best Christmas present he could wish for - a Wizzybug

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

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A two-year-old boy who is unable to walk or crawl has received "the best Christmas present" he could have wished for - a motorised buggy which means he can play with his brother outside for the first time.

Finn McCowen, who has cerebral palsy, will use the Wizzybug to move around independently.

The bright red buggy is controlled by a colour-coded joystick.

The Wizzybug has been paid for by South West law firm Irwin Mitchell which has funded the initial cost of the buggy as well as its maintenance.

Finn's mother Sarah McCowen says the family would not have been able to get the Wizzybug without the firm's help.

Mother-of-two Sarah, from Chew Magna near Bristol, said: "The cerebral palsy means that Finn cannot move himself independently at all. With the Wizzybug, he has had his first experience of being able to choose where he goes. The first time he tried it you could see the amazement on his face that he was able to propel himself.

"We have seen a change in him already; he is delighted with the Wizzybug and we are delighted that he's learning how to use a joystick which will be essential for his independence. It's the best Christmas present we could have wished for - it's given him a new lease of life.

"Finn would never have been able to get the Wizzybug if it weren't for the loan scheme and Irwin Mitchell and I'm so grateful to them both for giving Finn the opportunity to use it. It's giving him so much more confidence and I think his use and enjoyment will only increase the more he uses it."

Irwin Mitchell developed a partnership with Wizzybug manufacturer Designability, formerly Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, which set up a loan scheme to help children with severe mobility problems.

Finn suffers from the condition polymicrogyria which is abnormal development of the brain which resulted in his cerebral palsy.

Natalie Jones, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell's Bristol office, said: "We have seen first hand how disabled youngsters have benefited from a Wizzybug during their early years and how it has helped them gain independent movement, as well as teaching them from an early age how to use a powered wheelchair.

"Finn is getting to grips with the Wizzybug really well and we hope he continues to enjoy using it and it and gives him some extra confidence with his movement in these important years of development."

Irwin Mitchell has previously donated two Wizzybugs to three-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Sophia McCormack and five-year-old Coby Musgrove, both from Bristol.

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