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

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2018

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

"I even did a big step".

Maya was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy more than two years ago.

The achievement has been called a "dream come true" by her family. Her mother, Ann Tisdale, noticed that the youngest of the family's three children had tightness in her legs and was skipping typical infant milestones.

Then she promptly stands back up and walks a few more steps before exclaiming: "I'm walking, yes!"

Tisdale said after the surgery, Maya's doctor had told them that she'd be able to walk "someday" but not without grueling, daily physical therapy. "No, I'm OK. I can do it", Maya responded.

Her brother can be heard in the background encouraging her by telling her she's already been walking for a minute.

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.

Seven weeks after her surgery, Maya took a few steps on her own which left her parents stunned. "But to just have those first steps and knowing that it's possible is so great for her and our family".

Maya Tisdale from MI was born 4 months early and weighed 1 pound and 10 ounces.

"Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day".

"Maya still has CP (cerebral palsy)". The doctors said that with intensive physical therapy, she was expected to start walking independently within six months to a year following the procedure.

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.

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