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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All market data delayed 20 minutes. Eddie Zytner, left, and Katie Stephens, right, contracted hookworms after walking barefoot on a beach at a resort in the Dominican Republic. 18, Zytner noticed his feet had become very swollen and small bumps had developed on his toes. Two doctors were stumped by what was causing the swelling, but Zytner said a third doctor recognized the condition, as he had recently seen a similar case from a tourist who traveled to Thailand.

The couple, according to Stephens’ Facebook post, contracted larva migrans, known in layman’s terms as hookworms. She said she likely came into contact with the parasites while walking on the sandy beaches of their resort in Punta Cana. A doctor prescribed the two ivermectin — a medicine used to kill worms developing in the body. However, Stephens said Canada’s national public health department, Health Canada, denied their request for the medication because it’s not licensed in Canada — so her mother had to drive to Detroit, Michigan, to get the medicine. Stephens added that she shared their story on Facebook to warn people who travel to tropical areas, and Zytner said he wanted doctors to become more aware of the condition. Zytner said that his feet are progressively getting better each day, and the couple’s next step is to see a specialist to determine what treatment they need for the skin damage on their feet.

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A mother’s invention that gave her wheelchair-bound son the chance to walk has been launched onto the worldwide market. A Northern Ireland company has turned Debby Elnatan’s idea for a walking harness into a product that could transform the lives of countless disabled children. Mrs Elnatan, a music therapist, came up with the concept to help her young son Rotem, who has cerebral palsy. She designed a support harness that would enable Rotem to stand upright and, by attaching it to herself, let parent and child take steps together. After a global search for a company to mass-produce her “Upsee”, the Israeli mother chose Northern Ireland-based manufacturer Leckey, which has a long track record in making equipment for children with special needs. After successful trials with families in the UK, US and Canada, the Firefly Upsee was today launched globally. It is wonderful to see this product available to families across the world,’ said Ms Elnatan, who was at the official unveiling at the Leckey factory in Lisburn.

When my son was two years old, I was told by medical professionals that “he didn’t know what his legs are and has no consciousness of them”. That was an incredibly difficult thing for a mother to hear. I started to walk him day after day, which was a very strenuous task for both of us. Out of my pain and desperation came the idea for the Upsee and I’m delighted to see it come to fruition. The Upsee allows infants and small children to stand and achieve repetitive walking training with the support of an adult. It includes a harness for the child, which attaches to a belt worn by an adult, and specially-engineered sandals that allow the parent and child to step simultaneously, leaving their hands free for play and other tasks. Designers, engineers, textile experts and therapists from Leckey’s Firefly team have been working on the project since 2012.

Last Sunday was a significant one for us as a family as it was the first time our son Jack was able to play football in the back garden with his dad, his brothers and our little dog Milly,’ she said. To see Jack playing like any other five-year-old boy made me very emotional. Jack and his brothers so enjoyed it. Firefly’s clinical research manager and occupational therapist, Clare Canale, said the product could help families across the world.