Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

09 July, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Kara Nash
  • 4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps

With tear-jerking levels of excitement and happiness, she then turns to her brother and says, "Look, I'm walking!"

Her brother can be heard in the background encouraging her by telling her she's already been walking for a minute.

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

"I'm walking!" Maya says, smiling and laughing before adding: "Yes!" Maya had to spend 26 weeks at the ICU but her fighting spirit earned her the nickname "Mighty Miss Maya" from her family members and friends.

Maya, 4, has cerebral palsy. The illness left her unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds and required her to use a walker. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.


Little Maya, affectionately called "Mighty Miss Maya" by her family, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one.

Maya's mother, Ann Tisdale, posted a video of the milestone to social media on Sunday. I can't even put into words how we are feeling.

Doctors performed selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a neurosurgical procedure that selectively destroys problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord.

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".

Seven weeks after her surgery, Maya took a few steps on her own which left her parents stunned. She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs. According to the family's YouCaring page, she spent the first 87 days of her life in the hospital's NICU before being sent home. Physical therapy can help loosen muscles but, depending on the severity, some children may never walk and others may need a walker, braces or other forms of mobility assistance.

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