• Archie Garthwaite, 2, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in June last year
  • Condition left his muscles weak and he couldn’t walk like his twin Harley
  • Had Botox injections and physiotherapy and stood up for the first time
  • His mother, Hayley Kennedy cried and said moment was ‘unbelievable’ 

Last year, Archie Garthwaite’s parents were devastated when doctors said he would never walk due to cerebral palsy.

Archie, who is about to turn three, watched his twin brother, Harley, learn to walk but was unable to run around with him.

Now, these touching pictures show the incredible moment he stood up alone for the first time.

The twins’ mother, Hayley Kennedy, 23, said she was incredibly proud to see her son stand upright, with the aid of a frame.

‘It is absolutely unbelievable. I cried,’ she said.

‘I think he got a shock when he did it because he had never done it before. He is quite tall and it must have been surprising for him to be so high up for the first time.

‘He wanted to clap his hands he was so excited but I think he knew he couldn’t because he was holding on to the frame.’


Archie Garthwaite was born with cerebral palsy, which meant the muscles in his legs had no strength. Now, thanks to intensive physiotherapy, he has managed to stand up for the very first time, with the aid of a frame.


Archie and his twin, Harley, had an unprecedented fight for survival after being born just 23 weeks into their mother’s pregnancy. ‘But they are both incredible and they are both as strong as little oxen,’ said their mother.

Archie, from Hartlepool, Cleveland, been receiving physiotherapy to help his legs grow stronger, after undergoing a course of Botox injections to relax his tightened muscles.

Although Botox first achieved fame as a cosmetic drug used by celebrities to smooth out wrinkles, it also has a number of medical uses such as treating migraines and incontinence.

Botox uses tiny amounts of botulinum toxin, derived from the bacteria that cause botulism food poisoning. The deadly nerve agent kills by paralysing the muscles used for breathing.

In tiny doses it relaxes the contraction of muscles in some people with cerebral palsy by blocking nerve impulses.

This allows better control of movement and reduces the risk of muscle and tendon shortening. The effects tend to last from four to six months.


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