New ride for boy on the road to recovery

Published: Jan. 11, 2017 at 10:30 PM CST
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His life started on a bumpy ride but now, little Carter Brown is off to the races. Carter has been through a lot; in his first 15 minutes of life he needed CPR to bring oxygen to his brain and help him survive.

Carter’s brain injury limits his ability to move around. The road to recovery at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln has been challenging for the Brown family.

"He's come along a way. We credit this place with most of it,” said Cater’s mom Katy Brown.

"Sitting, crawling, walking stuff that hasn't happened yet so you are happy when he takes a bite of applesauce or has his hand open to hold your hand," said Cater’s dad Chris.

On the eve of his 16-month-birthday Carter was treated to a new ride. Chris enlisted help to get his son moving.

UNL engineering student Heidi Kratzer and Chase Pfeifer with Madonna used their skills to modify the Jeep.

They added an adapted steering wheel, a new seat and harness and remote controlled throttle and steering. Chris can operate the Jeep with a remote control.

"Being able to have met Carter and his family really gave us that drive to get it done,” said Chase Pfeifer with Madonna.

For mom, Katy, seeing her son smile Wednesday while he cruised around has made all the hard work over these last 16 months worth while.

“Carter’s smile has been what has healed my heart. Since Carter was born with his birth injury just seeing his smile is what makes me heal everyday. Just seeing that was an amazing experience for me,” Katy said.

Mom and dad say carter’s new ride couldn’t have been a better present. To help carter play like any other boy, there's a big green accelerator button he can push.

"Even today I think with pushing the button to go, 6 or 8 months ago he wasn't even close to doing something like that,” said Chris.

The project is inspired by the national Go, Baby Go project. Carter's jeep was modified thanks to Madonna's 3D printer.