At the age of 26, Less 3 weeks after giving birth to her first child, Holly was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
It started with a pain in her neck and a weakness in her legs, and within 12 hours, she could no longer walk anymore. Within 72 hours, she was completely paralyzed and could no longer breathe on her own anymore. She was admitted to the ICU where she spent two and a half months there, breathing on a ventilator and fed through a tube in her stomach.
When she finally started to recover, it was a long road, starting with having to learn how to breathe on her own, then how to use her muscles again. Once released from the ICU, she started ten weeks of intense physiotherapy where she learned how to walk again. It was a long four months before she was able to return home to her husband and daughter.
Holly Gerlach has since written an inspirational book about her experience, and the challenges that she faced along the way.
Shown at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas earlier this week, the GB Pockit broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest folding stroller!
What makes this stroller so genius is the fact that it folds down to the size of a handbag in just a few seconds.
Measuring at 12″x14″x7″ folded and weighing only 9 pounds, the stroller becomes small enough to fit underneath the seat of an airplane, according to the company.
“As long as parents have had to use strollers to transport their children, they have had an issue with things being too bulky, too heavy, hard to fold, really hard to make portable,” Jen Johnson, GB’s director of marketing communication, tells Mashable. “So, our inspiration was to allow parents to travel anywhere with their children and have this easy, lightweight product.”
The GB Pockit will come in six colors and feature a height-adjustable 5-point harness, a removable seat (to make washing the fabric easier), a sunshade, and a storage basket that can hold up to 11 pounds.
It will be available in Spring 2016 with an anticipated retail value of $229.