February 15, 2019

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

09 July 2018, 09:14 | Silvia Roy

Ann Tisdale

2018 Maya traveled from her home in Michigan to St. Louis Missouri to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery. Doctors said the surgery would allow her to walk independently

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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This specific type of cerebral palsy caused "the muscles in her hips, legs and feet to be tight or spastic" and left her "unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds, or walk without the use of walker", the family's website said.

"People asked us, 'you're not crying in the video; why aren't you crying.' Our eyes were like saucers", she said.

Mum, Ann Tisdale, posted the video to her Instagram page, which celebrates her daughter Maya and has an appropriate tagline of "Living life with CP like a boss".

The incredulous young girl shrieks excitedly that she even did a "big step".

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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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