'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

"I'm walking!. I'm walking!"

With tear-jerking levels of excitement and happiness, she then turns to her brother and says, "Look, I'm walking!" Ann continued that even though Maya needed the assistance of a walker since the age of 1, she always wanted to walk independently.

Her family raised funds for the March 27 surgery, which took place at St. Louis Children's Hospital, with T-shirts and crowdfunding sites, and have kept supporters updated on her progress on their Facebook page.

The video was posted this week on the family's Instagram account "Mighty Miss Maya", with the caption "4 years, 10 months".

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces. I can't even put into words how we are feeling. "She's going to try to do it herself".

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

Doctors performed selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a neurosurgical procedure that selectively destroys problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord.

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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". After Maya's procedure, the doctor informed Maya's parents that she would someday be able to walk but not without daily physical therapy.

On May 9, 2018, Maya traveled from her home in MI to St. Louis, Missouri, to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.

Maya previously walked with support. "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water".

While she celebrated this joyous moment for her daughter, Tisdale said Maya had a "long road of learning" ahead of her.

Maya was diagnosed with cerebral palsy just two months shy of her 2nd birthday. Her mother said Maya likes to do things on her own.

Spastic diplegia is one of nine different types of cerebral palsy and affects both the arms and legs, according to Cerebral Palsy Guidance.

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