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

4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps

"First steps - 4 years, 10 months I can't even put into words how we are feeling", a post on the "Mighty Miss Maya - Will to Walk" Facebook page said.

According to ABC, Maya was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces.

"I'm walking!", Maya says.

But the girl, whose family call her "Mighty Miss Maya", proved her doctors wrong, walking after just seven weeks. "She's doing it. You've done it for like a minute", the girl's brother can be heard saying in the video.

"Now that her spasticity is gone (or almost gone) she is able to do so many things that we never thought possible and is clearly more comfortable and happy", says Maya's parents.

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

In May, she and her family traveled to St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri, where she underwent a surgical procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR).

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The incredulous young girl shrieks excitedly that she even did a "big step".

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.

Maya previously walked with support.

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".

"We expected where Maya was before surgery that it would take her at least six months to a year to get to independent steps and here we are seven weeks after". "She's just kind of blowing it out of the water".

"Despite these challenges, Maya gives it her all every day".

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