Heartwarming video has emerged showing the moment a little girl with cerebral palsy walked for the first time.
After having major spinal surgery in May, the parents of Michigan girl Maya Tisdale were told it may take up to a year for her to walk again.
But the girl, whose family call her “Mighty Miss Maya”, proved her doctors wrong, walking after just seven weeks.
“I’m walking!” Maya says, smiling and laughing before adding: “Yes!”
“I’m walking, you guys, without my canes.
“I even did a big step.”
Maya, who is four, had to use canes and walkers to move around before her surgery.
Doctors performed selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a neurosurgical procedure that selectively destroys problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord.
“This girl is on fire,” Maya’s mother posted to Facebook after the video of her daughter taking her first steps went viral.
“I can’t believe how many times this has already been shared.
“So happy to share this moment with the world. I hope this gives other parents hope for their kiddos with CP.”