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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adaption of a child tricycle for a child with Collagen 6 Myopathy. The child does not have enough strength to turn the tricycle pedals but is able to propel the trike himself using his feed on the smooth floor tiles in the family home. First, the pedals were removed, the cranks straightened, and then reattached to 25 millimeters out from the front wheel hub. This allows the child to use the pedals as footrests when he tires and needs to be pushed. The existing push handle was replaced with a sturdier, extended tube with a T-handle on the end. The top of the handle is around 1 meter from the ground so it is in a suitable position for an adult to push it easily. Additionally, the seat position was altered from a 15 degree angle, readjusted the seat base horizontally and the back vertically, and repositioned the entire seat unit at the correct distance above the floor so the child could easily reach the ground with his feet. A steering limiter was added so the child could not turn the wheels too far to either side. Finally, a padded frame bar which joins the front wheel to the seat for extra protection was added. TITLE: Elijah’s Transport. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 29, Number 3, September 2009: p. 16. PAGES: 2 (including cover).
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