West Fargo boy with cerebral palsy can now walk without crutches; parents credit stem cell therapy

Ethan walks with his mother

Ethan Radtke walks down the sidewalk with his mother, Lisa, after getting off the school bus in front of his home in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

Ethan Radtke makes his way down the hallway of his West Fargo home without the use of crutches. David Samson / The Forum

Ethan Radtke plays with his family, brother Connor, 9, and twin sister, Ashlee, 7, along with his mother, Lisa, after returning home from school. David Samson / The Forum

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Watch Ethan Radtke walk at http://ethanwalks.blogspot.com/.

WEST FARGO – As birthday presents go, this one was hard to beat.

Ethan Radtke, who lives with stiff and twisted legs stemming from cerebral palsy, surprised his mother on her birthday last Oct. 23 by walking.

It wasnt pretty, and it wasnt very far, but it was walking.

He went from the couch to the chair, and even then it was still more falling into the chair, Lisa Radtke said. But there was that independent motion.

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West Fargo boy with cerebral palsy can now walk without crutches; parents credit stem cell therapy