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4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps
09 July 2018, 09:14 | Silvia Roy
Four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy takes first steps
Ann continued that even though Maya needed the assistance of a walker since the age of 1, she always wanted to walk independently.
Maya Tisdale was born as a micro preemie weighing only 1 pound back in 2013.
"I'm walking! ... I'm walking!" cheers Maya.
But the girl, whose family call her "Mighty Miss Maya", proved her doctors wrong, walking after just seven weeks.
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Doctors performed selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a neurosurgical procedure that selectively destroys problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord.
Maya's family stated that the procedure would reduce Maya's spasticity permanently and give Maya to live without much pain.
The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps. The little girl had been working hard to learn to walk without a walker or stroller to keep her balance. "She's going to continue with physical therapy five days a week, just like we've been doing, and get stronger and practice her skill of walking", she said.
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