A heartwarming video featuring 2-year-old Archer, who has spinal bifida, captures the joy and determination of the toddler as he explores the world in his wheelchair.
Children possess an innate ability to embrace the joys of life more effortlessly than adults. They don't require an abundance of friends or an array of possessions to find delight. A single toy is enough to bring them immense happiness, as they can immerse themselves in play for extended periods of time. In an adorable video posted on TikTok by Kassey Jagodzinski, her son Archer—who has spinal bifida—can be seen riding around in his little wheelchair and feeling extremely happy about it.
The 2-year-old drives around the wheelchair like an expert sports car driver, taking turns, spinning around and following his dog; he just seems to be in love with it. He drives it around the house and outside as well. The child's joy can be seen in the way he claps and laughs throughout the video.
The video went viral with 7.2 million views and over 644k likes. It is captioned, "Livin' his best life." People in the comments section were in love with the toddler's joy and happiness. @thatcloverlady commented, "I feel silly but I never even thought of tiny wheelchairs. He looks sweet." @mr.riceguy wrote, "I’ve never seen something like this before. He is adorable." @beckettsmommy expressed, "He’s so cute!!! And such a powerful and smart little guy, doing those spin moves in his chair." @tatinikki shared, "Little man's smile is everything. He got this!"
Jagodzinski told Good Morning America that she never thought her video would get so much attention. She also uses her social media account to raise awareness for spinal bifida, a birth defect of the spine where the backbone supporting the spinal cord doesn't fully develop.
The mother shared that Archer was diagnosed with the condition when she was 20 weeks pregnant. “We had no clue what was going on because the ultrasounds and the MRIs looked like it was just a fluid-filled sac but when he was born, we found out that it had nerves involved. So he is paralyzed [from] the hips, waist area down. He's never moved his legs,” she said.
She added that his wheelchair has made him active like any other toddler. “It’s called the GoBro,” Jagodzinski said. “Once we put him in that one, he just clicked and he figured it out immediately.”
The mother also revealed that being mobile has made a huge difference in his life. "As soon as he started wheeling around, he started rolling over,” she said. “Then as soon as he started doing that, he started to crawl and as he was scooting around on his bottom at the same time, he was into everything and being able to just be like a normal kid, instead of sitting down all the time.”
According to Jagodzinski, Archer has a "big personality and attitude" and "he is super determined to kind of do and get whatever he wants." She added: "He's hilarious. He's always making us laugh. He's a talker."
The mother said that the last two years have been life-changing. "He is stronger than anybody I know. He was in the NICU for two weeks, so even as a two-week-old little NICU baby, he was just pushing along and he was off his IVs and off his oxygen before they were expecting him to and it's amazing how he just defied the odds," she revealed.