4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 9, 2018

"No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.

"I even took a big step!" she says.

Maya's mother, Ann Tisdale, posted a video of the milestone to social media on Sunday.

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.

"I'm walking! Yes!" Maya exclaims in the heartwarming video.

According to FOX 2 Detroit, doctors told the little girl's family it could be up to a year before Maya could walk on her own.

Her family calls her their "Mighty Girl" and we can absolutely see why. "Because of her CP, Maya is now unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds, or walk without the use of walker".

"Maya still has CP", Ann Tisdale told ABC News.

After spending half her life in physical therapy, Maya had a surgery called dorsal rhizotomy, which involves cutting certain sensory nerve fibers that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord, according to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Maya previously walked with support.

So watching Maya walk - just a smidge past seven weeks postsurgery - left her family in shock and disbelief.

The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps.

While she celebrated this joyous moment for her daughter, Tisdale said Maya had a "long road of learning" ahead of her.

"Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day. She's going to continue with physical therapy five days a week, just like we've been doing, and get stronger and practice her skill of walking", she said.

Maya, four, takes her first steps as her family watches on.

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