Spiderman makes special visit to see kids in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – A rare sight was spotted in Lexington, near the UK campus on Wednesday.

It looks like a superhero made a special visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Spiderman spent some quality time hanging out with the kids inside the hospital. One of those kids is 3-year-old Arlo. He and his mother often make the trip from Indianapolis to the Lexington Shriners.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington

“So we started coming here about four months ago to work out a game plan for him, and his surgery was when he was nine months old,” said Emily Deem.

Arlo was born with no bone in his leg. The operation involves amputating the lower half of his left leg.

“I just wanted to focus on being a mom and not letting this surgery come… take over her early childhood,” she said.

And, it is not. Sure, he faces challenges, but he keeps pace.

“He walked at the age of 12 months, three months after his operation and getting the prosthesis,” Deem said. “He walked in the next two weeks.”

Mother and son visited the Shriners often, especially from Indianapolis, so this special surprise from Spiderman meant a lot to the family.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington

“Being here today and hearing that Spiderman is coming makes things so much better,” she said.

Lexington Squeegee Squad window cleaning company made a special call for Spiderman to arrange the visit.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington

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