“It’s going to open up his world for a little more freedom.”-Deb, Trent’s mom.
Trent broke a world record in 1985. As the world’s smallest premature baby to survive birth, he weighed just 12 ounces.
The doctors didn’t think he would make it through the night. He is now going to be 27 years old on July 29.
He is blind and a traumatic brain injury contributed to his autism. He also has mild cerebral palsy with high muscle tone, meaning his muscles are very tight and he walks on his tip toes.
On top of that, for the past three years, he has become ill and has stomach pain and discomfort every day. These issues combined make it difficult for him to walk very far.
Yet, with all his set backs, he enjoys life and loves going to the park, dairy queen (which is right down the street from his home), and enjoys visiting his grandma who lives a few streets away. He also has a passion for rides at the fair.
When he and his family go out, they can’t go very far or he needs to be pushed in a wheelchair. It can be scary with everyone behind him when he can’t see.
When Trent is feeling uncomfortable or anxious, he reacts by tearing his clothes, blankets, and sheets. Deb says she easily spends $70 each week on new clothes. He also likes to stretch ace-wraps as a comfort-behavior. When the wraps are stretched out, he won’t use them anymore.
Deb came to HERO for more ace wraps and linens and immediately saw the double scooter right as she walked in the door.
“It was meant to be. I needed to figure out a way to get this for Trent.” She explained.
The double scooter will allow him to have someone drive and be next to him instead of behind pushing a wheelchair. Trent will be able to visit neighbors, his grandma, and be out in the community.