Life story: A resilient fighter till the end

By April 11, 2016 Recent News

Stuff 9 April 2016
Despite a life using a wheelchair, Shayden Gibbons-Kingdom never thought of himself as disabled.
Shayden was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at just 7-years-old, and started using a wheelchair less than a year later.
He lived a life dedicated to friends and family, enjoying his time at school and developing a passion for popular music, classics and drama.
Marie Gibbons described her son as “strong willed and very compassionate”.
He died on March 23, 2016, surrounded by his family.
He was 18.
Shayden was born on December 1, 1997, at Avonlea Birthing Centre in Christchurch.
“We always knew something was wrong, but didn’t know what it was,” his mother said.
“He could never run, jump or ride a bike, he always struggled going up stairs.
“My dad would use a stick to push him on his bike.”
The late diagnosis, received when he was already 7-years-old, meant Shayden was always treated as normal.
“I think that pushed him to be strong, and pushed us to be strong too.”
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