Monday, 16 July, 2018

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

4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps After spine surgery, 4-year-old with cerebral palsy walks for first time
Gustavo Carr | 09 July, 2018, 00:16

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces. "I'm walking! Yes! I even took a big step".

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

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.

"First steps - 4 years, 10 months I can't even put into words how we are feeling", a post on the "Mighty Miss Maya - Will to Walk" Facebook page said.

Little Maya, affectionately called "Mighty Miss Maya" by her family, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one. "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 yells, "Yes! I'm walking!" "She's doing it. You've done it for like a minute", the girl's brother can be heard saying in the video.

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This simple moment most of us take for granted is nothing short of a miracle, as doctors believed Maya wouldn't be able to walk for another six months following a major spinal procedure in early May, Daily Mail reported.

Maya Tisdale from MI was born 4 months early and weighed 1 pound and 10 ounces.

"Maya still has CP (cerebral palsy)". She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs. 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.

So when she finally took her first steps at the Tisdale's home in Traverse City, Michigan, it was an emotional moment for the entire family.