4-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Takes First Steps On Her Own
Being born with cerebral palsy used to mean that you will probably be tied to a wheelchair for the rest of your days, depending on the assistance of your family. Nowadays, medicine and technology have advanced so much, that children born with this condition have hope that one day they will be able to use their own body they way they want and need it. Just like this brave little girl is finally able to.
Her parents call her the “Mighty Girl” and the reasons are pretty obvious. Maya Tisdale was born a micro preemie, weighing just one pound! Two years later, doctors diagnosed her with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. If she lived in a different time, her life would have been completely different.
“Maya’s type of CP causes the muscles in her hips, legs and feet to be tight or spastic. Because of her CP, Maya is currently unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds, or walk without the use of walker,” is written on her family’s YouCaring page.
“Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day. If her brothers play baseball, she plays baseball; if her friends are climbing a snow bank, she’s right behind them in her walker. She has an incredible will and a tenacious attitude.”
However, in May of 2018, Maya and her parents visited the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. What doctors basically did was remove problematic nerve roots in Maya’s spinal cord.
The surgery was meant to reduce the pain of walking and increase Maya’s mobility. Brave Maya did splendidly, but doctors warned her parents that might be from six months to up to a year before she will be able to walk on her own, with intensive physical therapy. She wouldn’t be a Mighty Girl if she didn’t prove them wrong seven weeks later, when she finally took her first steps on her very own.
Maya’s mom Ann had the grand pleasure of recording her baby girl’s first steps, as she shouted “I’m walking!”. Both her parents and her older brother can be heard in the background in their home in Traverse City, Michigan, cheering their Mighty Girl, as she shines her beaming smile.
There is another precious four-year-old girl that we just have to mention, for a very adorable reason. Finley Smallwood has the same type of CP as Maya and she also underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. The only difference between the two brave girls is Finley uses her adorable appearance, dressed up in incredible outfits, to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with cerebral palsy as a child. Now she is a star on Instagram!
After her surgery Finley was able to wiggle her toes for the first time. Over the next year she practiced moving with her walker and sticks and can now stand up herself and take some steps. She has even taken up yoga and danced in her first ballet recital.
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