Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

But the girl, whose family call her "Mighty Miss Maya", proved her doctors wrong, walking after just seven weeks. "She's doing it. You've done it for like a minute", the girl's brother can be heard saying in the video. 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.

The now-viral clip shows Maya sitting on a small bench and teetering for her first two steps before plopping back down on the seat. After Maya's procedure, the doctor informed Maya's parents that she would someday be able to walk but not without daily physical therapy.

Maya was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy more than two years ago. In the video, Maya stands up to take her first step, gleefully giggles and says, "I'm walking!"

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

So, in March, after much research and appointments, her family traveled with her to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.


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

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.

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

The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps.

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

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