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

Maricruz Casares
Julio 9, 2018

According to FOX 2 Detroit, doctors told the little girl's family it could be up to a year before Maya could walk on her own.

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces.

Maya, who is four, had to use canes and walkers to move around before her surgery.

Maya lives with cerebral palsy, but it didn't stop her from beating the odds to take her first steps - steps doctors said she wouldn't be able to take for months.

Two months ago, Maya had major surgery on her spine in the hopes of giving her more control over her leg and back muscles.

"This girl is on fire", Maya's mother posted to Facebook after the video of her daughter taking her first steps went viral. "I'm walking!" Maya exclaims on video.

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Maya's first steps come just seven weeks after she underwent selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgical procedure on the lower spinal cord.

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

According to the family's website, the surgery was meant to "permanently reduce Maya's spasticity, giving her the ability to live with less pain and greater mobility".

"I'm walking!", Maya says.

The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps. "She loves sitting criss cross on the floor, walking with her canes, flexing her feet, wiggling her toes and most of all dancing".

"Maya still has CP (cerebral palsy). 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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