Frances' first steps

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720 ABC Perth

Last Update: Friday, August 3, 2007. 2:42pm AWST

A 42 year old Perth woman has walked for the first time, after spending her life in a wheelchair.

Frances Bourke, who was born with spastic quadriplegic type Cerebral Palsy, which reduced the strength in her arms and legs, has recently been given a Meywalker, which allows her to move freely on her feet.

The special walking device was designed overseas in Denmark and is new to Western Australia.

720 reporter Carolyn Monaghan, who interviewed Fran on the Morning Program, said the walker gives Fran the opportunity to move around easily while taking care of her three children.

"I could see how delighted Fran was to be up and about. She was glowing," Carolyn said.

Frances was able to get her walker thanks to the generosity of one lady who went to the "Wishlist" on the Cerebral Palsy website, and donated the Meywalker to Fran.

If you are interested in helping too, you can go to to the Cerebral Palsy WA website and follow the links.

Cerebral Palsy week runs from the 5th to the 11th of August.


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