Sharina Jones just wanted to be like other mothers and take her baby for a stroll. However, the 35-year-old Michigan resident is a paraplegic as a result of a gun accident when she was a child, and thus unable to give her baby a walk in a stroller.
"A lot of my friends have babies and they are out, running with their babies in the stroller and I thought, 'What am I going to do?' she told FOX 2 Detroit.
Help for Jones would come from a 16-year-old student with a groundbreaking invention.
Alden Kane, a senior at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, was tasked through a college-level STEM research project to create an apparatus to assist Jones with her motherly dilemma. Kane said he spent time daily after school for months to design a lightweight baby carrier that could easily attach to a wheelchair.
The goal is to wheel the baby stroller while in a wheelchair.
The carriage can easily be removed…
…as well as the frame.
"After six months of hard work, six months of working in the machine shop designing it up, it was priceless seeing the design on her wheelchair, being used with her child in it," Alden told FOX 2 Detroit.
Jones was grateful for Kane’s remarkable invention.
"I just love him," Jones said to TODAY. "He's a great kid. He is going to be an amazing engineer."
Kane wants to get a patent for his invention, and he hopes to study biomedical engineer or aerospace in college next year.
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