A toddler with cerebral palsy is not letting her disability get in the way of living her life.
3-year-old Colbie Durborow was born a micropreemie at 1 pound and 2 ounces according to her mom, Amanda Durborow.
And while doctors were not positive she would survive or even walk, Colbie has continued to defeat the odds. She recently learned how to use a walker— footage that quickly went viral.
In the footage, Colbie uses her walker alongside her 91-year-old great grandmother Eleanor, who is also using a walker and encourages her to push herself to greater lengths.
Durborow says the heartfelt moment was filmed the first time Colbie watched the woman she lovingly refers to as her “Oohoo” since lockdown began back in March.
“We didn’t see her for months and months, and she had been taking daily walks when quarantine started,” she says. “She was like, ‘I’m going to go out and take a stroll.’ So she was doing that every day. So they both were able to finally walk together, which was really cool.”
“They’ve always had a special bond,” she says, adding how her grandmother, Eleanor, still wears the special rubber bracelet Durborow and her husband Colin gave to friends and family members when Colbie was in the NICU.
Durborow, who lives with her family in Farmingdale, New Jersey, shares how her daughter has bloomed since birth — when she was born alongside a twin brother who died two days later.
In addition, Colbie suffered a bilateral brain bleed several days after her birth, which led to her cerebral palsy. The toddler also has hydrocephalus, for which she has a shunt inserted to manage it.
“Doctors sat us down and said, ‘Listen, we don’t know what Colbie’s life is going to be like. We don’t even know that she’ll survive, pretty much.’ And now look at her,” she says. “She’s doing great… You always want your kids to just be happy and one of my big fears is because of her disability, will she struggle? But it doesn’t stop her, it doesn’t phase her.”
On November 19, Colbie walked for the first time with her walker on her second birthday. She goes to physical therapy three times a week, and not too long ago, she began preschool.
And while Durborow hopes to transition her daughter to crutches eventually, Colbie, is doing great in her walker so far.
“She hops curbs, she goes backwards when she’s not supposed to. The wheels are locked and she’s figured out how to maneuver it,” she says. “It’s like her shopping cart. She’ll run and jump and just kind of glide. I’m like, ‘That’s not what you’re supposed to do!’ She just laughs, like she knows.”
The mom adds: “There’s times where she puts me in my place, and I’m like, ‘Okay, you’re fine. Everything’s fine.’ She teaches me more than I teach her.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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