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

09 July 2018

First Steps - 4 years, 10 months ❤️ ❤️❤️ I can't even put into words how we are feeling.

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

Maya Tisdale from MI was born 4 months early and weighed 1 pound and 10 ounces. "I'm walking!" Maya exclaims on video. Her fighting spirit in the NICU earned her the nickname "Mighty Miss Maya" among family and friends. The illness left her unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds and required her to use a walker.

"I'm walking!", Maya says.

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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. 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.

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

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

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

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"We expected where Maya was before surgery that it would take her at least six months to a year to get to independent steps and here we are seven weeks after", Ann Tisdale told ABC.

She spends several weeks in physical therapy.

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