Quintuplet Receives Special Gift - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/02

Quintuplet Receives Special Gift

What a great celebration on Monday at the AMBUCS noon meeting at the McInturff Center. Here's what happened.

Five little boys were invited -- the Wells quintuplets, who will be three years-old this December 14th. Jaden, Zachary, Jantzen, and Landen were most excited about seeing themselves on TV, when a NewsChannel 11 story was played for the group that aired when the quints were born.

The real guest of honor was little Briley, the only one not walking yet, who was presented with a special gift, something the national AMBUCS have named the Amtryke. This special gift is a therapeutic tool for toddlers, and it's one of only five in the country.

Briley, himself, literally stole the show, and the mic for a personal thank you to the group. Instantly, you can tell that he loves it.

Briley was not the smallest of the quints, but he's still not walking because he was born with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy that only affects his legs. His arms are strong though, and the Amtryke, developed by the AMBUCS, allows Briley to propel himself with arm power instead.

"I'm very excited. This is great for him to be mobile and less frustrated. I'm afraid he's not gettin' off. He's gonna sleep on it," says Briley's mother, Jamie Wells.

Doctors say that Briley will probably walk someday -- with a walker. And having this special Amtryke as therapy will likley help him reach that goal a little sooner.

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