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Gary Ablett Jr. reveals how technology is helping their two-year-old son amid health battle


Gary Ablett Jr. and his wife Jordan reveal how ‘incredible technology’ is helping their two-year-old son Levi to play independently as he battles a rare degenerative illness


Gary Ablett Jr. and his wife Jordan have shared a sweet update on their two-year-old son Levi, after he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness last year.

On Tuesday, the AFL great praised ‘incredible technology’ for helping the little one to play independently, sharing a sweet video to Instagram of the tot giggling while enjoying a game on a computer.

‘Levi’s speech pathologist organised this clever device that allows Levi to play independently by simply using his eyes,’ Gary, 37, captioned the video.

Joyful moments: Gary Ablett Jr. and his wife Jordan have shared a sweet update on their two-year-old son Levi, after he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness last year

‘In this game, he’s moving the bridge to help the ladybug cross the river. Technology is pretty incredible!’

Jordan reposted the video on her own Instagram page with a love heart emoji.

Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness last year, after months of Jordan and Gary searching for answers.

In an interview with podcast The Significant Others in March, Jordan heartbreakingly revealed Levi’s degenerative illness carries a short life expectancy.

Happy: On Tuesday, the AFL great praised 'incredible technology' for helping the little one to play independently, sharing a sweet video to Instagram of the tot giggling while enjoying a game on a computer

Happy: On Tuesday, the AFL great praised ‘incredible technology’ for helping the little one to play independently, sharing a sweet video to Instagram of the tot giggling while enjoying a game on a computer

She said it took a long time for Levi to be diagnosed with the unspecified disease, and detailed the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was ‘life threatening’.

‘I just remember sitting with Gaz in that meeting and when they said it I just remember absolutely breaking down,’ she said.

‘There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly say to people when they ask about Levi that we are literally just taking it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,’ she continued.

Unwell: Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness last year, after months of Jordan and Gary searching for answers

Unwell: Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative illness last year, after months of Jordan and Gary searching for answers

After seeing a series of paediatricians, Jordan said it was the Geelong Football Club’s team doctor who finally put them in contact with the right person.

She said this new paediatrician ‘got the ball rolling’, and after months of concerns, the couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers.

Jordan said she and Gary first became concerned after noticing Levi wasn’t reaching the same milestones as other children his age.

Heartbreaking: They decided to go public with the little boy's condition because they didn't want to have to lie when people asked about their son

Heartbreaking: They decided to go public with the little boy’s condition because they didn’t want to have to lie when people asked about their son

They decided to go public with the little boy’s condition because they didn’t want to have to lie when people asked about their son.

‘People would just say things like, ‘Levi must be running around now.’ Comments like that are so fine to receive, but when you are on the receiving end and you know everything that is going on it’s awkward,’ she confessed.

‘We don’t want to lie and be like, ‘Yeah, he’s running around,’ because he wasn’t running around.’

Jordan said Levi’s condition has only made the family more aware of how precious every moment they have together is.

Love: Jordan said Levi's condition has only made the family more aware of how precious every moment they have together is

Love: Jordan said Levi’s condition has only made the family more aware of how precious every moment they have together is 

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