Building Kids Steps Rehab Clinic gets new medical equipment

A local clinic called Building Kids Steps Pediatric Rehab Clinic is getting the Lokomat Pro, which is a machine that helps patients learn how to walk again. 

VICTORIA, Texas – Some people living in the Crossroads often have to travel to bigger cities to receive necessary medical treatment.

The arrival of the Lokomat Pro is very exciting news for the Crossroads because these families will not have to make extra accommodations for necessary treatment.

A couple of years ago Cole Ohrt was in a car accident. Now, he requires special care.

As a result, Amanda Luddeke, his cousin who works at this clinic helps to take care of children with pediatric speech, occupational, and physical therapy.

Luddeke is Cole’s third cousin and they both shared have a close friendship.

“We come from a big family and we like to adopt people into our family, but the people that are family. There’s not anything that you wouldn’t do for that person,” said Amanda Luddeke.

Cole Ohrt’s family and a team of board members started a foundation called the Cole Ohrt Walk Strong nonprofit organization to raise awareness for their cause.

Ohrt has an entire support system helping him throughout this journey and his mother, Julie Ohrt, said they have been working on getting the machine here for over one year because the only way for Cole to receive this kind of physical therapy was if they travel to Houston.

“We started on this close to a year ago, not only shopping around for it, but then the hardest part was finding somewhere to put it. Then finding a place that would allow us to bring in people that needed it. Like Cole said, maybe their insurance is maxes out, but we would like for them to still be able to use it,” said Julie Ohrt.

When Luddeke got the call about the Lokomat Pro, she and other board members were able to raise money, awareness, and apply for grants to build more space at the pediatric clinic.

The Lokomat Pro is going to help him and the other special needs patients at this clinic receive the right kind of physical therapy treatment to learn how to walk again.

The machine arrives on Monday, April 26, and the clinic hopes to have many of the special needs children and adult patients to be able to use it in the coming weeks.

Cole Ohrt, his family, and the clinic are really excited for the Lokomat Pro to arrive in order to help keep treating their patients and to continue to take great care of them.

CORRECTION: In an earlier report, it was mentioned that Starts Clinic was getting the Lokomat Pro and not the Building Kids Steps Pediatric Rehab Clinic. This information was incorrect and incomplete. We regret this error.

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