New ride means big smiles for young Shriners patient - FOX 13 News

New ride means big smiles for young Shriners patient

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A little girl has a new set of wheels fit for even Barbie herself.

Lenabelle, age 5, has a type of hip dysplasia, so she can't ride traditional bikes with her sister and friends.

Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Hands Across the Bay surprised her with a new Barbie Power Wheels Jeep that she could ride alongside them.

"This is a dream that has come true for Lenabelle," said her father, Joseph Mijares. "She's autistic. She can't ride a bicycle. And when her sisters ride bikes, she feels left out."

“Lenabelle has been working very hard in physical therapy and this was a goal she just could not seem to master," her mother explained. "When her sisters and cousins all ride bikes, Lenabelle cries. She would get on her bike and try with all her might, but just could not pedal to make it move.”

Her 6-year-old sister Lily-Ahna even hopped in as they rode around the hospital lobby with big smiles on their faces.

Her father said this will be a big boost for the family.

"Now that she has a Power Wheels she can enjoy playing with her sisters when they're out riding bikes. She won't feel left out," Mijares said.

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