Dad Builds Wheelchair Accessible Snow Fort For His 9 Special Needs Children

Clark Sparky
19 Jan 2019

This dad did something unbelievable for this kids to make their winter special.

Adopting Elijah

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Gregg Eichhorn and his wife Katie have nine adopted children, all of whom have special needs. Their first was Elijah who nearly died during birth:

He was born to an addict and went without oxygen to his brain for 18 minutes during his birth. Doctors gave him two months to live, but he beat the odds.

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Eight More Kids

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After Elijah, they family decided to continue adopting kids with special needs:

"At first, when we first got together, we were thinking maybe we'd do biological mixed with adoption," Katie Eichhorn told Cincinnati.com. "But after we got Elijah, it kind of became clear that the need in the system was so great that to have biological kids would take away a spot that we could have a kiddo come in from the foster system."

Clearly, these are amazing people.

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The Fort

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Recently, Ohio got a big snowstorm. So Gregg decided to build a massive snowfort for his kids. But not just any fort, he made it wheelchair accessible for his two kids that are wheelchair bound.

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Wheelchair Accessible

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He talked to People magazine about the fort after photos of it went viral:

"We were already building a snow fort so when we were doing it I said, ‘Hey, let’s build it so that Elijah and Zahara, my two kids in wheelchairs, could use it as well."

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Special Moment

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Gregg was just happy to create a special memory for his family:

“It’s just fun to build those kinds of things for nice family moments" he added. "[Zahara] just lit up. She smiled real big. I know she felt really special and included. She’s either bored or she’s happy -- and she was very, very happy to be out there.”

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Kids Loved It

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The kids loved it, as you can imagine:

“They loved it! They were having a blast," he told People. Elijah opened his eyes up in there, and that was a big deal because he has cortical vision impairment. Our kids were so excited to see that.”

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Engineering

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People are very impressed with Gregg's snow engineering skills. Apparently, the upper level can support several adults.

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Amazing Dad

Strangers are telling Gregg how amazing he is for building the fort.

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Famous

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Gregg and his fort are now famous. He was on the local news and if you scroll through the comments here you can see several news outlets trying to contact him, including the Weather Channel. Well deserved attention.

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