Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

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

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

In May, she and her family traveled to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).

Maya Tisdale was born as a micro preemie weighing only 1 pound back in 2013.

"I even took a big step!" she says.

Prior to this, Maya had learned to get around with the help of a walker, making these particular steps a double dose of success for the little girl.

Tisdale said that despite the diagnosis, Maya remained very independent, wanting to do everything that her two older brothers did.

Maya lives with cerebral palsy, but it didn't stop her from beating the odds to take her first steps - steps doctors said she wouldn't be able to take for months.

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

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Maya, who is four, had to use canes and walkers to move around before her surgery.

"I'm walking! ... I'm walking!" cheers Maya. "She's doing it. You've done it for like a minute", the girl's brother can be heard saying in the video.

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

Maya previously walked with support.

Seven weeks after her surgery, Maya took a few steps on her own which left her parents stunned.

Ann wrote a moving caption to go with the video: "First steps - 4 years, 10 months". "But to just to have those first steps and knowing that it's possible is so great for her and our family". She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs. The doctors said that with intensive physical therapy, she was expected to start walking independently within six months to a year following the procedure.

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