Hendrix is a former 26-week preemie who spent 478 days in the NICU at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. In September 2022, Hannah and Dillon Stieb found out that Hendrix needed a family and that as soon as 2 caregivers were trained, he would get to go home from the hospital. On November 28, 2022, Hendrix got to leave the hospital for the first time. Ever since he got to come home, Hendrix has made stride after stride; going from not being able to even sit up to now nearing walking only 8 months later. Hendrix has been a pro at working through Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies weekly as he works to overcome the developmental delays that not only come with being severely premature but being a kiddo with a trach. On July 11, 2023, Hendrix was officially adopted by Hannah and Dillon, and sister Luna.
Hendrix is such an active boy. He is determined to walk and be active. The first time that Megan, the Physical Therapist at Ability KC placed Hendrix in the adaptive tricycle his eyes lit up. With all smiles, he took several trips around the facility and that would only be the beginning. It was noticed that Hendrix was working to try and pedal on his own, helping to strengthen his leg muscles and to coordinate movement to prepare him for walking. It was then that Hannah and Dillon knew what a benefit the tricycle would have, especially during family walks, over a stroller. An adaptive tricycle wouldn’t just be to help strengthen his legs and coordination, but it is something he thoroughly enjoys, and his parents would love to give him that experience at home too.