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Dunedin boy walks for first time in three years

Posted: 3:59 PM, Dec 31, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 18:47:52-05

10-year-old Shane Kaufman wears a shirt with the saying "try and stop me" on it. 

He said it was his motto while receiving therapy at Tampa General Hospital.

"He was diagnosed with Spina Bifida in the womb and most children don't get to walk when they have that.  It's a spinal defect," said mom Denielle Fager.

He went through a major surgery in September to help him walk again.

Fager said he started walking again with assistance earlier this month.  Staff members at Tampa General were so impressed by his recovery they decided to discharge him from on the hospital on New Year's Eve.  

"I'm so surprised, because when kids come in and they haven't been walking for a long time it's hard to get them back on their feet," said nurse Bonnie Rice.

Rice said Shane's enthusiasm is contagious.

"He is so wonderful, his attitude with all the other kids going around the gym, motivating everyone to keep going." said Rice.

Kaufman said he is excited to start walking outside of the hospital.

"It means I can walking the house and walk out of the house," said Kafuman.