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

  • 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 Maya's procedure, the doctor informed Maya's parents that she would someday be able to walk but not without daily physical therapy.

"I even did a big step".

"I'm walking!" Maya says, smiling and laughing before adding: "Yes!"

"I'm walking!" Maya Tisdale, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 2, said after her first steps.

Her family calls her their "Mighty Girl" and we can absolutely see why.

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.

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

Because the youngster has always wanted to walk on her own, she underwent a special surgery seven weeks ago that was meant to reduce the pain of walking and increase her mobility.

Maya previously walked with support.

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

On May 9, 2018, Maya traveled from her home in MI to St. Louis, Missouri, to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. "But to just have those first steps and knowing that it's possible is so great for her and our family".

While she celebrated this joyous moment for her daughter, Tisdale said Maya had a "long road of learning" ahead of her.

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

"Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day". She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs.

Maya, four, takes her first steps as her family watches on.