Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

In May, she and her family traveled to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).

Doctors warned it would take at least 6 months for her to walk on her own.

Prior to this, Maya had learned to get around with the help of a walker, making these particular steps a double dose of success for the little girl. Her fighting spirit in the NICU earned her the nickname "Mighty Miss Maya" among family and friends.

"I'm walking! Yes!" Maya exclaims in the heartwarming video. She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy before her second birthday and typically relies on two canes to walk.

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Despite needing a walker, the family said Maya continued to keep up with her older brothers and practiced her balance and other therapies on her own outside of the required therapies. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.

Maya's parents and brother can be heard encouraging the youngster as she finally stands up - and after she takes a shaky step, Maya's face breaks into a beaming smile.

In 2013, Maya was born prematurely at 26 weeks and weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces, according to her mother, Ann Tisdale.

Ann wrote a moving caption to go with the video: "First steps - 4 years, 10 months".

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This simple moment most of us take for granted is nothing short of a miracle, as doctors believed Maya wouldn't be able to walk for another six months following a major spinal procedure in early May, Daily Mail reported.

"Maya still has CP (cerebral palsy)".

She spends several weeks in physical therapy. She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs.

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