Chloe Couture

Ottobock Kimba Cross

Having a disabled daughter has taught Stephan Couture that life is too short not to try. With this mentality he and his daughter have travelled the country, with the help of an off-road wheelchair and ‘can do’ attitude.

Stephan quickly learnt that a normal children’s wheelchair had huge limitations. For this active, adventure-loving family, being restricted to pavements and smooth ground was not the life they wanted to offer their daughter Chloe.

“After a great deal of research I came across the Ottobock range of children’s wheelchairs and buggies – in particular, the all-terrain Kimba Cross,” explains Stephan. “We arranged for a trial with the wonderful team at Midshires, to ensure it would suit our needs.’

‘We’re thrilled to say we haven’t looked back - this chair has given us so much freedom. We’ve covered thousands of miles, all types of terrain and Chloe has loved every moment of our trips. Chloe has named her chair OB1 and when she hears it, her face lights up – knowing we’re off on an adventure. Chloe loves being outdoors, especially in the countryside and with her Kimba Cross, we have the freedom we could not otherwise enjoy”.

Stephan was so impressed with the capabilities of the Ottobock Kimba Cross that he has established a Trust to help other children in a similar position enjoy the outdoors. The Ladybugs Trust has purchased another Kimba Cross to loan to other families with disabled children giving them the chance to take their child to places they may not have thought they could ever visit.

“The motto of our Trust is ‘Life’s too short not to’ and we would love more children to experience the joy of different terrains and scenery with the help of a Kimba Cross”.

The Kimba Cross off-roading children’s buggy is designed to fit various sized seating units. It incorporates the Ottobock Kimba seating system, which allows for a range of seating positioning and support. The Kimba Cross wheelbase is adjustable to ensure stability over all terrains. The low centre of gravity, seat spring system, drum brake and large pneumatic tyres all offer a high level of safety in any environment.

The Kimba Cross is compatible with a wide range of specialist seating systems, making it an ideal solution for children with a wide range of disabilities and postural needs. For complex cases with specialist seating needs, bespoke seating can also be made for the Kimba Cross frame.

To learn more about the Ladybugs Trust visit http://www.ladybugstrust.org.uk/.

For more information about the Kimba Cross, or to find your nearest Ottobock mobility dealer, please contact Ottobock on T: 0121 227 0500, or use our interactive map.

To learn more about Midshires or to speak to one of their trained staff for an assessment, please visit www.midshiressrp.co.uk