Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

'I'm walking!' Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

'I'm walking!' Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

"No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded. But, seven weeks after the surgery, she proved nothing is impossible and took her first steps.

Then she promptly stands back up and walks a few more steps before exclaiming: "I'm walking, yes!"

Maya was born several months early and weighed 1 lb., 10 oz.

The achievement has been called a "dream come true" by her family.

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.

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

Maya's mother, Ann Tisdale, stated that despite her daughter's diagnosis, Maya remained very independent and wanted to do everything that her older brothers do. I can't even put into words how we are feeling.

Maya previously walked with support.

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So, in March, after much research and appointments, her family traveled with her to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

According to the family's website, the surgery was meant to "permanently reduce Maya's spasticity, giving her the ability to live with less pain and greater mobility".

Maya, who is four, had to use canes and walkers to move around before her surgery.

On May 9, 2018, Maya traveled from her home in MI to St. Louis, Missouri, to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.

The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps. "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water".

The video was posted this week on the family's Instagram account "Mighty Miss Maya", with the caption "4 years, 10 months".

"Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day".

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