"I'm walking!", Maya says. But, seven weeks after the surgery, she proved nothing is impossible and took her first steps.
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.
Her brother can be heard in the background encouraging her by telling her she's already been walking for a minute.
Video of a precious, incredible little girl has gone viral, all because of her awesome courage and determination to walk.
Prior to Maya turning 2 years old, Maya was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which causes the muscles in her hips, legs, and feet to become tight or spastic.
The achievement has been called a "dream come true" by her family. "I did it!" as she tells her mom she doesn't need a cane.
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The Michigan girl traveled to St. Louis in March to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy, which doctors predicted would allow her to walk independently for the first time after undergoing extensive physical therapy.
The predicted timeline was around six months, but on July 1, about seven weeks post-surgery, Maya took her first steps. "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water", Tisdale said.
The video was posted this week on the family's Instagram account "Mighty Miss Maya", with the caption "4 years, 10 months".
"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.
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. She still has the damage in her brain and she still has some tightness in her legs.