At just 5-years-old, Sharina Jones was shot and lost the use of her legs. Now at the age of 35, Jones is expecting her first child and often wondered how she would be able to manage a stroller while being in a wheelchair. Thanks to a 16-year-old high school student, Sharina Jones has her very own specially designed wheelchair stroller.
16-year-old Alden Kain is a senior at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and is enrolled in a special design class. He was paired up with Jones to create the wheelchair stroller. After six long months of hard work, his project was a success.
“The biggest priority is to make it safe for baby, of course. And then, also you really want to make it independent for the mother. Talking to her was a big help, figuring out the workability of the device, where to put a diaper bag, whether or not she could unhook the stroller and how she can move around in the chair.“
The stroller is made up of lightweight metal tubing that attaches to the wheelchair while using a regular baby car seat. After seeing Jones and her baby using the invention, Kane has hopes to make the device available to more people.
Jones said that she is happy that she will be able to push her baby around in a stroller. After seeing many of her friends with their children, she always wondered if she would be able to take a stroll with her child. “A lot of my friends have babies and they are out, running with their babies in the stroller and I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’“