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Magical Photo Series Brings Dreams to Life for Boy With Muscular Dystrophy

Luka, a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy, only had one small wish: to see himself engage in some of the physical activities his condition makes him unable to perform. Thanks to the help of a particularly clever photographer, his wish has come true.

Luka can only move his fingers, which allow him to control his electric wheelchair and express his imagination through drawings. Matej Peljhan, a photographer and clinical psychologist from Vipava Valley, Slovenia, found a way to bring those drawings to life.

Photo: Matej Peljhan

In a photo series titled, “Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince), Luka is placed on a set of ordinary scenes where he skateboards, plays basketball, walks up stairs and more. He’s positioned on the ground on top of various tarps and props that give the illusion he’s moving.

While Pelihan is responsible for bringing the boy’s dreams to life, he says it’s Luka who’s the real star.

“[Luka] is well aware of his fate but he doesn’t give in, either. He wants neither pity nor empathy but wants to stay positive and focused on the things in his life he can (still) do,” the photographer wrote in a press release. “He approaches all other activities he is… unable to perform in his own, witty way. Sometimes with the help of his imagination and virtual worlds where his creativity dashes to the sky and makes him forget his physical limitations and bonds.”

You can view the rest of the photos in “Le Petit Prince” below or at Pelihan’s blog here.
  Photo: Matej Peljhan

Photo: Matej Peljhan

Photo: Matej Peljhan

All photos courtesy of Matej Peljhan.

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