Excerpt of article written by Emma Innes | Mail Online
Doctors told his parents Carol, 33, and Matthew, 32, their son Leo was likely to be disabled and would never walk, talk or feed himself. But after spending most of his first year in hospital for a series of operations and rehabilitation therapy, Leo defied medics by learning to speak aged 20 months.
And the remarkable toddler then stunned his parents when he achieved another milestone and walked for the first time on his second birthday. His proud parents recalled the moment he took his first wobbly steps after copying pirates walking the plank on his favourite CBeebies show Swashbuckle.
Mr Burrell, who runs a software business, said: ‘He was at home against the sofa while his favourite programme Swashbuckle was on. He loves Swashbuckle and gets all excited about it. His favourite bit is joining in with the singing and dancing bit. He was standing against the sofa and copying them saying “walk the plank, walk the plank”. At first he was throwing himself to the floor but he just started to take some steps. We were amazed and after a few minutes he was walking halfway across the room. Before he could stand and balance and walk using his baby-walker or holding our hands but it’s like the show just gave him the confidence to try it on his own. We were all crying because we were so happy, so proud. He’d only just learned to crawl three weeks before.’
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