06/01/2015 12:15 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy, 3, Takes First Steps Thanks To Suit Designed For Astronauts


A toddler has finally taken his first steps thanks to a special suit designed for astronauts.

Georgie Craig, three, was born with Global Development Delay, a condition that left him unable to walk or properly communicate.

Desperate to help their little boy, his parents Naomi Jamieson, 30, and Dean Craig, 28, discovered Therapy in Praxis in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, which offered specialist treatment using a 'Therasuit'.

The suit was originally designed for Nasa astronauts to help rebuild their muscle and spine strength after returning from space.

Georgie was fitted with the suit and after his first block of treatment in December he has now taken his first 11 steps in a row to the delight of his parents.

Mum-of-three Naomi told the Mail: "To hear that news (he would be able to walk) was just amazing.

"When Georgie was born we didn't know if he would be able to walk or talk."

She said the therapy sessions were arduous and wearing the specialised suit was the equivalent of running a marathon.

She added: "We just want to give him a better quality of life, and for one day to hold a conversation with him.

"But he's so determined, you can see the poor little thing get stressed and as his mum, you just want to make him better."

Georgie and his family have to travel a 120-mile round trip from their home in Scarborough to Harrogate for the therapy – which costs £5,000 for a month's session.

They hope to raise £20,000 so they can get four blocks worth of sessions this year. You can donate to Georgie's fund here.