Wheelchair-bound Louisa girl gets ‘magical’ mermaid costume

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) — 11-year-old Chloe Henry will go trick-or-treating as a mermaid riding a sea turtle this Halloween, a costume custom-fitted for her wheelchair.

Chloe battles Rett Syndrome, a neurologic developmental disorder caused by a mutation of the X chromosome. She is unable to talk, but she is aware of her surroundings.

“Kids like Chloe stand out every day. People notice because they’re different,” said Christina Horton, who helped with the joint project between VCU dental students and the non-profit Magic Wheelchair. “We wanted to give her a day where she stands out because she has the coolest costume, not because of any condition she has but because she’s a kid having fun on Halloween.”

The costume is designed to fit around Chloe’s wheelchair. The sea turtle covers most of the wheelchair and extends outward from it. Chloe is visible from the waist up, her ‘mermaid tail’ covering the top of the turtle shell. The finished costume was revealed on October 29th at Chloe’s grandmother’s house in Glen Allen.

Chloe’s parents were visibly moved by the costume creation.

“She has been through so much.” said Sarah Henry, her mother. “To have that one night where you can do whatever you want and see that little smile, that’s awesome”

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