A boy who uses a wheelchair due to a disability walked in front of his classmates for the first time as they cheered him on.
David Matos de Souza, six, has poliomyelitis, an infectious disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord and causes muscle degeneration and paralysis.
David has had difficulties moving since birth, but his friends encouraged him to try walking during a lesson at a school in Brazil.
In footage filmed on a teacher’s mobile phone, they can be heard shouting, ‘David, David, David, go, David go’.
A beaming David walks slowly, putting his hands on the tables in order not to fall.
When he gets to the wall of the classroom, he turns around and walks back again where the teacher is waiting for him.
Finally, he ends his first steps in the arms of the teacher, who gives him a big hug.
David’s mother, Roseley, said 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.
David ends his first steps in the arms of the teacher, who gives him a big hug
Due to his paralysis, doctors had said he would never walk, but more recently he has been getting some physical therapy.
David is determined to eventually give up the wheelchair.
His mother 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.’
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