For 8-year-old Hope Laliberte, having leg braces have been a constant reminder of her current mobile disabilities. The young girl has been wearing leg braces for the past four years, due to cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Though she's able to live a fun life with her twin sister, the braces can stick out as a sore reminder of her health issues. And for something so personal, the leg braces she received from Boston's Children's Hospital were an impersonal plain pink, due to the limited designs offered from the clinic.
Here's where a local tattoo artist, Aaron Guillemette, stepped in to bring a smile to Hope's face.
As owner and tattoo artist of the Fall River, Massachusetts, tattoo studio Up In Flames, Guillemette wanted to turn turn Hope's braces into a unique mobile piece of artwork of her favorite cartoons: Disney villains. Hope's parents contacted the tattoo artist, and he set to work on designing and drawing two famous Disney villains--Cruella de Vil from "101 Dalmatians" and Ursula from "The Little Mermaid"--for the casts. The designs--also featuring Hope's name-- were made on sticker paper, which were then pasted onto Hope's braces with polyurethane coats for wear-resistance and permanence.
Overall, Hope loves the personal touch to the braces, which now showcase her love of Disney villains and reflect her personality. The designs remind us of how anyone with a physical disability are more than their visible limitations. For anyone who has undergone intense physical therapy or physical limitations, having something--like personalized braces--can brighten up your day can make the pain and therapy more bearable.
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