Little Girl with Spina Bifida Gains Strength by Walking Through Walt Disney World

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Harper Spina Bifida

Get your box of tissues ready, you’re going to need them! This little princess is Harper, a three-year-old who has walked all over Walt Disney World to conquer her Spina Bifida. Her smile is unmistakable and contagious as she takes each step in her kingdom. Because Disney World is certainly the kingdom of children like her.

Harper lives in St Petersburg and makes regular trips to Disney Parks to strengthen her legs due to the fact that her spinal cord didn’t develop properly. She keeps her 2,600 followers up to date through a parent-run Instagram page. She is a typical little girl who loves Star Wars, Queen Elsa, and trips to Walt Disney World. She is also an exceptional little girl who has had multiple surgeries and struggles to walk, but battles it with a positive attitude.

Harper’s journey has inspired many parents whose children are also contending with birth defects. Mom, Erica, found out about Harper’s Myeloschisis (severe Spina Bifida) at 18 weeks gestation and was pressured to abort. She refused even though she knew her baby might be paralyzed for life. Instead, Erica has shared the message that people with disabilities can accomplish just as much and lead just as happy lives as those around them. Harper’s smile certainly demonstrates that!

If you see a 3-year-old girl strolling around Walt Disney World with a walker sometime soon, you’ll have to remember that she is royalty. She is Harper, a warrior princess who conquers Spina Bifida daily and proves that fairytales don’t just happen in the movies; they happen in real life too.

Photos courtesy of Erica Comparin

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Allison is a local writer for Chip and Co. who traded in rainy days back home in Belgium for the sunny Disney life in Florida. She and her husband spend their days off at Epcot, eating Mickey bars and ride-hopping with their two little princesses.
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