Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps

In the video, Maya stands up to take her first step, gleefully giggles and says, "I'm walking!" 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.

"I even did a big step".

Maya was born several months early and weighed 1 lb., 10 oz.

Tisdale said that despite the diagnosis, Maya remained very independent, wanting to do everything that her two older brothers did. I can't even put into words how we are feeling. "She doesn't need or want help to do things".

The Michigan girl traveled to St. Louis in March to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy, which doctors predicted would allow her to walk independently for the first time after undergoing extensive physical therapy.

Maya's family stated that the procedure would reduce Maya's spasticity permanently and give Maya to live without much pain.

On May 9, 2018, Maya traveled from her home in MI to St. Louis, Missouri, to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.

So watching Maya walk - just a smidge past seven weeks postsurgery - left her family in shock and disbelief.

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

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

Little Maya, affectionately called "Mighty Miss Maya" by her family, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one.

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. 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.

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