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

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Gary Ablett Jr. and his wife Jordan reveal how ‘incredible technology’ is helping their two-year-old son Levi play independently while battling a rare degenerative disease










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

On Tuesday, the AFL bigly touted “incredible technology” for helping little one play independently by sharing a sweet video on Instagram of the toddler giggling while enjoying a game on a computer.

“Levi’s speech pathologist designed this smart 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 shared a sweet update on their two-year-old son Levi, after he was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease last year

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

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

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

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

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

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

She said it took a long time for Levi to be diagnosed with the unspecified illness, and she spoke of the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was “life-threatening.”

“I just remember being in that meeting with Gaz and when they said it, I remember I absolutely collapsed,” she said.

“There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly tell people when they ask about Levi that we literally take it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,” she continued.

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

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

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

She said this new pediatrician “got the ball rolling,” and after months of worrying, the couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers.

Jordan said she and Gary were first concerned after noticing Levi wasn’t hitting the same milestones as other kids his age.

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

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

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

“People just said things like, ‘Levi needs to run around now.’ Comments like that are so nice to receive, but when you’re on the receiving end and you know everything that’s happening, it’s awkward,” she confessed.

“We don’t want to lie and say, ‘Yeah, he’s running around,’ because he wasn’t running.”

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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