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

Leslie Hanson
July 9, 2018

After spending half her life in physical therapy, Maya had a surgery called dorsal rhizotomy, which involves cutting certain sensory nerve fibers that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord, according to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces. But, seven weeks after the surgery, she proved nothing is impossible and took her first steps. Her fighting spirit in the NICU earned her the nickname "Mighty Miss Maya" among family and friends. Ann continued that even though Maya needed the assistance of a walker since the age of 1, she always wanted to walk independently. Her fifth birthday is just two months away, and her family thinks that by then, mighty miss Maya will be hard to keep up with. "I did it!" as she tells her mom she doesn't need a cane.

"I'm walking!", Maya says.

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

Maya previously walked with support.


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

Seven weeks after her surgery, Maya took a few steps on her own which left her parents stunned. "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water".

Ann wrote a moving caption to go with the video: "First steps - 4 years, 10 months". Her mother said Maya likes to do things on her own.

"Maya still has CP (cerebral palsy)".

So when she finally took her first steps at the Tisdale's home in Traverse City, Michigan, it was an emotional moment for the entire family. She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs.

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