A 9-year-old child suffering from cerebral palsy cannot walk, stand, or speak—but he made an attempt to stand up as the national anthem began playing on TV.
Logan Wilson, of Chesterfield, Michigan, was watching the Detroit Lions’ opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when he tried to stand as the anthem played. He spent nearly 10 minutes trying to stand up, according to his mother, Rebecca Wilson.
“He kept rewinding it from the DVR,” Logan’s mom, Rebecca Wilson, told ABC News. “I was just kind of in shock.”
She recorded the child trying to stand from another room.
“He walks with the assistance of a walker that he gets strapped into but it’s very supportive of him,” she said of Logan. haven’t really seen him try to stand from that sitting position on his own like that,” Wilson added.
Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent movement disorders caused by abnormal brain development that usually occurs before birth. Symptoms appear in early childhood and they include a lack of coordination, weak or stiff muscles, tremors, and others.
Wilson posted the video on Facebook, where she received both praise and criticism. Some derided her for exploiting her son and not putting down her phone to help him.
“When your baby has his first steps, you don’t always help them walk,” Wilson told ClickonDetroit.com. “They have to meet those milestones on their own. They have the right to say what they want to say and I have the right to say what I want to say without getting into it wholeheartedly. It just took a lot of heart for Logan to do what he did at that time, because he could have stood at any point during the game, but instead he tried to stand while the national anthem was on. So it meant a lot to us.”