After having major spinal surgery in May, the parents of MI girl Maya Tisdale were told it may take up to a year for her to walk again. The little girl has cerebral palsy but just received surgery and is now walking without anyone else's help. But she's never let it slow her down, earning the nickname "mighty miss Maya".
Maya's mother, Ann Tisdale, stated that despite her daughter's diagnosis, Maya remained very independent and wanted to do everything that her older brothers do.
The girl was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a year old. Ann continued that even though Maya needed the assistance of a walker since the age of 1, she always wanted to walk independently.
With tear-jerking levels of excitement and happiness, she then turns to her brother and says, "Look, I'm walking!"
According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces.
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Maya's family stated that the procedure would reduce Maya's spasticity permanently and give Maya to live without much pain.
Tisdale said after the surgery, Maya's doctor had told them that she'd be able to walk "someday" but not without grueling, daily physical therapy.
Maya previously walked with support. "But to just have those first steps and knowing that it's possible is so great for her and our family".
The now-viral clip shows Maya sitting on a small bench and teetering for her first two steps before plopping back down on the seat.
Spastic diplegia is one of nine different types of cerebral palsy and affects both the arms and legs, according to Cerebral Palsy Guidance. "She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs".