June 22, 2020

5-Year-Old Boy with Brain Condition Takes First Steps and Is Celebrated by His Proud Mom

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5-year-old Camden Hanson warmed the hearts of millions after his mom shared a video that showed him taking his first steps.

When Mandy Hanson shared a clip of her son, Camden Hanson, taking his first independent steps at the age of five, she had no idea that it would go viral and that people will praise her. 

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According to Today, Mandy had shared the video of her son, who has a brain condition that limits his movement ability, to celebrate the milestone he just crossed.

Earlier this year, [it was] revealed that another 5-year-old boy, Merick Williams Jr., had gone viral after his mother shared footage of him taking his first steps.

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In the video, the dogged little boy was seen making his way from one end of the room to the other on Twitter as the caption read:

"My youngest son (age 5) has progressive cerebellar atrophy and is physically handicapped. He also has 10 therapies a week. Today, he finally took independent steps!!"

The excited mother finished the caption of the tweet, which has garnered over 7 million views since it was posted, with the hashtags "never give up" and "my hero."

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The sweet video has been retweeted over 40,000 times, received over 400,000 likes, and the words of encouragement just keep piling up in Mandy's replies. In an email to Today, the Hanson family explained that Camden had met all of his milestones until he clocked 18 months.

It was at that point that they noticed that something wasn't right with his walk as he had "an abnormal gait not typical of a toddler." The family eventually conducted an MRI, where they discovered that he had cerebellar atrophy.

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When he became 20 months old, Camden started taking speech, physical, and occupational therapy - he added horseback-riding and intensive robotics therapy when he grew older.

Camden's viral clip is reminiscent of the 2018 footage of another 5-year-old boy, Felix Davidson, that took his some independent steps for the first time.

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Daily Mail reported that Felix's condition with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome (CFC) had led doctors to believe that he might never walk in his life.

However, in a move that many have referred to as a miracle, Felix took his first unaided steps, which his teachers were kind enough to get on camera. 

Earlier this year, CBS News revealed that another 5-year-old boy, Merick Williams Jr., had gone viral after his mother shared footage of him taking his first steps after he underwent surgery.

Merick, who has cerebral palsy, first awed people after he made a touchdown during his little league football game back in 2018.

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