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

Desiree Burns
July 9, 2018

Maya was diagnosed with cerebral palsy just two months shy of her 2nd birthday.

"This girl is on fire", Maya's mother posted to Facebook after the video of her daughter taking her first steps went viral.

Her family calls her their "Mighty Girl" and we can absolutely see why. 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. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.

"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.

Heartwarming video has emerged showing the moment a little girl with cerebral palsy walked for the first time.

Video of a precious, incredible little girl has gone viral, all because of her unbelievable courage and determination to walk. I can't even put into words how we are feeling.

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

Maya's first steps come just seven weeks after she underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgical procedure on the lower spinal cord.

Seven weeks after her surgery, Maya took a few steps on her own which left her parents stunned.

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.

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

She spends several weeks in physical therapy.

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