Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. Now, no one knows that better than 3-year-old Georgie Gibbs.
The British toddler is battling a form of cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for her to walk independently. At such a young age, she requires a wheelchair, tripod sticks, or a walking frame to get around. On top of that, the little girl is in pain nearly all day long. But even though Georgie struggles on land, she's discovered another gift she has—in water.
Georgie's parents signed her up for a once-a-week swim class called Water Babies before her diagnosis. And amazingly, despite all Georgie's health issues, she has learned how to swim.
"Swimming in warm water allows Georgie's muscles to relax and free her from some of the pain she experiences every day, " Georgie's mother, Clare Gibbs, said. "Her legs loosen and she gains freedom from her disability, something that will always be out of reach on land."
And it's not gone unnoticed. Georgie has recently been rewarded a Little Heroes trophy for her drive and determination for doing what she loves to do.
"Georgie feels free when she's in the pool," Clare said.