Karla’s Trike

July 31, 2008


Karla Montano is 3½ years old. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her Mom and Dad and six older brothers.

When she was 5 months old, Karla was injured and suffered severe brain damage. She is not able to walk, talk, crawl, or even sit up. She is alert and recognizes her family and the people she knows. She has a bright smile and "talks" to everyone with her eyes. She can also wave and say "Hi."

Karla2Jamie Wolf, Karla's physical therapist at school, put Karla on a Rifton Tricycle. To everyone's amazement, Karla started to pedal.

Karla’s friend, Gary Newman, took a video of Karla just the 2nd time she was ever on the trike. The video shows Karla pedaling down the sidewalk and smiling over and over again with delight! When Karla's Dad saw the video, he cried. Karla's brothers all shouted, “Play it again, we want to see her ride the trike again!” Karla herself laughed with delight when she saw the video. Karla3The video Gary made has been shared with many people, including the designers, assembly workers and other staff at Rifton. Many thanks to the creative designers at Rifton who invented this very special trike that Karla is able to ride. And thanks to Gary for taking the video, so that we all can celebrate this special moment in Karla’s life.

Here, Rapport offers you the chance to see a short segment from Karla’s video.

Click here to watch the video on Rifton's YouTube channel.

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