A THREE year-old boy who doctors said may never walk has defied the odds by taking his first steps unaided.
Sebastian Jones, of Rhyl, gave his mum a gift of a lifetime when he joined his friends in a sponsored walk to raise money for his playgroup, Cylch Meithrin, in Rhuddlan.
He raised £243 for the group and walked from Chapel on Parliament Street to Rhuddlan Castle and back without his walker - a sight his parents, Natasha, 33, and Dean Jones, 32, thought they would never see after he was born with a rare genetic condition and predictions were made by doctors that he would always need to help to walk.
Mrs Jones said: “My heart was bursting with pride and he was proud of himself.
It is the first time he has done such a distance independently.
"We got him on the walker when he was two-years-and-four-months-old. When I was pregnant, we were told during my 20 weeks scan that the baby’s bones were measuring short.
“There was no definite answer to what he had, but we started researching as we knew we were going to have a potentially poorly baby. We wanted him to have every opportunity.”
Sebastian was born at 33 weeks and was transferred to Alder Hey in Liverpool where he stayed for two months. Medics, to this day, have been unable to diagnosed his genetic condition.
Mrs Jones said: “He was always lying on his back and on his stomach and then at 16 months, he sat up for the first time. I said can you do that again? and he said “yep”. He is very determined.
"When we got the walker, he took to it like a duck to water. He has to use it pretty much everywhere but on this occassion, he just stepped out of it.”
The Jones’ are celebrating a new addition to the family, eight-week-old Imogen.
Mrs Jones added: “He adores his new sister. He is like a sponge, he absorbs eveything - He is a delightful little thing. Although he can’t run and jump at the moment like his peers, we will keep an open mind.”