4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy makes her first successful steps on her own

Mary Scott
Nov 16, 2018
06:50 A.M.

A four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was ecstatic after she took her first unaided steps. Scroll down for video of her joyful reaction.


For the first time since she was born, Maya was finally ditching the wheelchair and taking her first steps without a cane or anyone to hold her. The entire family gathered to encourage Maya and film the milestone event.

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YouTube/Storyful Rights Management


Surrounded by her mother, father, big brother, and pet dog, Maya is seen lifting herself from a small bench in the living room.

“Get your balance first,” her parents, Ann and Toby Tisdale, tell her as she wobbles slightly while taking small steps.

Her brother, who offers motivation from beside her, adds: “You've done it for a minute.”

“I’m walking! Yes!!” Maya squeals excitedly after successfully taking a few steps. The smile on her face can light a world of darkness, and the determination with which she keeps pushing forward is nothing short of phenomenal.

YouTube/Storyful Rights Management

YouTube/Storyful Rights Management

At one point, Maya goes all out and takes a larger step. She wobbles a little, but that doesn’t stop the celebration.


She exclaims: “I even took a big step” and her dad agrees:

“That was a big marching step. You got some early good balance going.”

“Woah! Good job!” her mom chimes in.

YouTube/Storyful Rights Management

YouTube/Storyful Rights Management


Maya initially learned to walk with the aid of a walker, but in May, she underwent a major spinal surgery where doctors predicted she wouldn't walk for another six months. Incredibly, she did it in seven weeks.

Ann shared the video on her Facebook page, along with the emotional caption:

“First Steps - 4 years, 10 months. I can’t even put into words how we are feeling. Nothing seems to fit the enormity of this moment for us. We are beyond proud of our Mighty Girl.”



Maya’s story is very similar to that of Millie Bea Hughes, another four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Despite being very young, Millie has had to go through numerous surgeries, but when the time came for her to resume school, the little fighter was determined to walk on her own. Supported by her mother and twin brother, Millie achieved the seemingly impossible.



Read more about Millie and see the inspiring video here.

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