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Boy hopes to walk with high-tech leg brace

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

A boy from Belleville, Illinois hopes to regain his ability to walk with the help of a high-tech leg brace.

Each Friday, Reece Delashmit visits the Kenny Rodgers Children's Center in Sikeston, Mo. for physical therapy.

His mom said those trips can sometimes be filled with frustration.

On this particular Friday, it was nothing short of a miracle.

The road to recovery has been a long one for 12-year-old Reece Delashmit.

"Reece was actually the furthest away from impact but his car seat did not protect him and his skull was crushed,” said his mom Jennifer.

At age five, a car crash caused traumatic brain damage.

The crash left him with little muscular movement.

"He had zero head control, a newborn baby had more control than he did,” she said.

And the outcome was heartbreaking.

"That he would never walk or talk,” she remembered.

Kenny Rodgers Children's Center in Sikeston fit Reece for a robot like pair of legs.

The company behind the device is called Ottobock, the C-Brace will help patients like Reece walk again.

"It gives him stability and support when he is walking and when he is descending stairs. So, when his heel hits the ground he doesn't collapse and fall down,” said Ted Friedmann.

With a team of physical therapists, Reece made strides in his new set of legs to hopefully one day walk without their support.

"We are looking at possibly getting him to where he would just use a walker to get around and the devices,” he said.

"I want him to be able to p lay with his brother,” said Jennifer.

There are only 125 people in the world using the C-brace and Reece is one of the youngest.

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