"For Rhys to maintain a life, he needs a car seat" – Mum Sarah describes the crucial difference the right equipment has made
Rhys, who is 12 years old and lives in Herefordshire, has ataxic cerebral palsy, which affects his balance and coordination. He also has sensory neuropathy and progressive cerebellaratrophy. Because of his conditions, Rhys has 'wobbly', relaxed muscles, and this leaves him with poor balance and a lack of muscle control. To stop him from slipping around on car journeys, he needs to use a specialised postural car seat – a seat belt simply isn't enough keep him safe. As mum Sarah puts it, "For Rhys to maintain a life, he needs a proper car seat". However, Rhys had outgrown the car seat he had been using, and it no longer gave him adequate support, which made car travel dangerous for him.