5-year-old boy born with club feet, spina bifida walks for 1st time

Bryce Harper
Courtesy: WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A five-year-old little boy who was born with club feet and spina bifida has walked for the first time in his life with the help of Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa, Florida.

Due to his health problems, Bryce Harper couldn’t even stand up on his feet.

With the help of the children’s hospital, Bryce was recently fitted with special braces that will allow him to walk.

“It’s amazing to see him stand up. The doctors that worked on him said it would be really hard to get him to stand up. He’s standing up. Nothing is going to stop him now,” said Bryce’s father Jesse Santoro.

His mother Daniele Santoro added, “I’m just excited for him. I have been waiting for this for so long. I’m just super excited.”

Bryce got to test out his new set of braces in front of both of his parents, his little brother, aunts and grandparents at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa.

Once his feet hit the ground, Bryce showed no fear in learning to walk.

“I prayed a long time, since he was born, that if there were a God or something like that, he would take my good legs or something good from me to give to him so he could stand up and enjoy the simple things. The Shriners made it possible without any of that because he’s standing up,” Jesse said.

For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit their website.

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