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

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

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

After having major spinal surgery in May, the parents of MI girl Maya Tisdale were told it may take up to a year for her to walk again.

"This girl is on fire", Maya's mother posted to Facebook after the video of her daughter taking her first steps went viral. In the video, she then sits back down but not before celebrating the major milestone. Maya says in the video posted to social media Sunday.

The incredulous young girl shrieks excitedly that she even did a "big step".

She was finally able to take a few steps on her own and she described her accomplishment in just two words when she said, "I'm walking". The doctors said that with intensive physical therapy, she was expected to start walking independently within six months to a year following the procedure. Her fighting spirit in the NICU earned her the nickname "Mighty Miss Maya" among family and friends.

Maya Tinsdale has cerebral palsy.

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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. "She was 1 pound, 10 ounces when she was born". "She doesn't need or want help to do things". The little girl had been working hard to learn to walk without a walker or stroller to keep her balance.

On May 9, 2018, Maya traveled from her home in MI to St. Louis, Missouri, to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. "She was a micro-preemie", Tisdale said.

She spends several weeks in physical therapy. "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water".

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

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