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

09 July 2018

Maya, a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, took her first steps after an intense spine surgery.

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

"Now that her spasticity is gone (or almost gone) she is able to do so many things that we never thought possible and is clearly more comfortable and happy", says Maya's parents. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.

First Steps - 4 years, 10 months ❤️ ❤️❤️ I can't even put into words how we are feeling. In the video, Maya stands up to take her first step, gleefully giggles and says, "I'm walking!"

The moment took just a few seconds but for her family and for Maya, it was a momentous journey.

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces. "We are beyond proud of our Mighty Girl". Her fifth birthday is just two months away, and her family thinks that by then, mighty miss Maya will be hard to keep up with.

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

"We're always trying to help her and she always says, 'No, I can do it!'" she said.

Tisdale said that although Maya had been using the assistance of a walker since she was 1, Maya really desired to walk independently.

In May of this year, Maya's family traveled to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri where Maya had undergone a surgical procedure known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.

Maya's family stated that the procedure would reduce Maya's spasticity permanently and give Maya to live without much pain. "I did it!" as she tells her mom she doesn't need a cane.

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