Middletown boy with cerebral palsy becomes super hero for Halloween

Mekhi Hall, 12, of Middletown, who was born with cerebral palsy, dressed up as Batman for Halloween this year. His great uncle built a Batmobile around his wheelchair.
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Mekhi Hall, 12, of Middletown, who was born with cerebral palsy, dressed up as Batman for Halloween this year. His great uncle built a Batmobile around his wheelchair.

A Middletown boy born with cerebral palsy was treated like a super hero the last two Halloweens, thanks to his great uncle’s ingenuity.

Last year, the boy’s mother Janeen Thompson saw pictures on the Internet that showed children with disabilities who trick-or-treated in their modified wheelchairs. So Thompson asked her uncle, Danny Thompson, to build “something special” for her son, a seventh-grader at Middletown Middle School.

Mekhi Hall, 12, dressed up as Batman on Monday night during Middletown’s Halloween, after being Superman last year, his mother said. Last year was the first time Mekhi went out on beggars’ night, his mother said.

The Superman outfit included a red cape and stuffed legs off the back off the wheelchair, giving the impression Mekhi was flying.

The Batmobile, painted black, featured Batman logos on each tire and flames shooting out the back.

She said that, on Monday night, her son was stopped and asked by a family if he’d pose for pictures.

“He loved the attention he got,” his mother said. “When that family walked up, well, that really touched me. He eats it up.”

Thompson said her son rarely participates in typical children’s activities. But he loves Halloween and being pushed in his super hero vehicles.

The last two years, Mekhi was pushed around his neighborhood by his mother and older sisters. His vehicles were painted by relatives.

“A team effort,” his mother said.