Michigan 9-year-old Zoey Harrison loved playing at recess like the other children in her school, but being in a wheelchair made getting bundled up a bit time-consuming.

Zoey, who was born with cerebral palsy, told WZZM that it took up almost all of her time to play.

She also struggled to stay warm out in the cold even after spending all that time wrapping up. That’s when she decided to ask her mom to “make something.”

Her mom, Jennifer Harrison, wrote on Facebook that her daughter asked:

“Mommy will you make me something that keeps me warm at recess – my blankets fall and don’t stay tucked so cold air hits me.”

Zoey’s father, John, said that his wife started “buying a lot of coats” and coming up with ideas for different designs.

Eventually, she finalized an “invention,” he said.

Jennifer used two coats stitched together to create a “bodycoat” that not only covers her daughter’s whole body but fits over her little girl’s wheelchair so it’s easy to get in and out.

The mom uploaded a tutorial on how to use the coat to Facebook for Zoey’s in-class helper to see. Little did she know, millions of others would watch it too.

The mom told WZZM:

“Within a few days, the video went viral. The views were in the millions.”

Soon after the video was posted, the family started getting thousands of requests from other families who wanted similar coats.

Now, the family is putting their all into building a business around the design. They launched a company called X-Ability, where they sell the bodycoats.

The mom told ABC News:

“When I did this, I purely did it to help her. If I was a millionaire, I’d make them and give them away. We are at the point where we want to find an investor.”

The Harrisons are doing their best to keep up with demand and even give some coats away to children in need.

Zoey said she’s happy that her dilemma led to others getting help, too:

“See my ability — not my disability. I saved recess for myself and a million other people.”

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11 Replies to “Girl With Cerebral Palsy Told Parents She Was Cold at Recess, So Mom Designed a Coat That’s Selling Out”

  • Carole Johnson 2 years ago

    It’s amazing!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Wonderful. What a great mom.

  • Charles O McVey 2 years ago

    God bless this Child and her Mother, I hope they can find someone willing and able to invest in this idea so that they can help others.

  • Cheri 2 years ago

    Wonderful. What a great mom.

  • Bat Fang 2 years ago

    The smile is infectious.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    They need to go to Shark Tank. I’ll bet one of them would help.

  • Frank Mallon 2 years ago

    Time to call “Shark Tank”.

  • Nancy 2 years ago

    O I saw this story on ABC2 News in Baltimore, Md, it made me tear up, The Mother is a great parent, I loved it, I am so glad she can go out now with out so much trouble getting dress warm , easy now, ,good luck to the family, Happy Holidays,

  • Jody 2 years ago

    It is true… Necessity is the mother of invention! What a good mom.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Go on Shark Tank ! Maybe get them on QVC

  • Joshu 1 year ago

    Last year, I tried making coats for people with disabilities.
    It was so time consuming, like half a day to make one coat, that I had to give it up.
    I’m a man, and I tried sewing it, but I don’t have that kind of dexterity.
    I wanted to help them so bad.

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