We all need a little reminder sometimes to appreciate the things in life we often take for granted. The entire world was given that reminder on the Fourth of July when a video of a four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy went viral after she gained a bit of her own independence.
Maya Tisdale is a beautiful little girl with a smile that lights up a room and a determination that can motivate just about anyone. Her mother, Ann, spoke with ABC News about her daughter after the video of “Mighty Miss Maya” went viral. Ann said that Maya was born four months premature and weighed just 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth.
Before she turned two, Maya was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. This type of cerebral palsy caused “the muscles in her hips, legs, and feet to be tight or spastic” and left her “unable to stand on her own for more than a few seconds, or walk without the use of a walker,” the family’s YouCaring page reads.
Maya has been using a walker since she was a year old, but Ann said Maya has always wanted to do everything her older brothers did – and that includes walking independently! Ann told ABC: “We’re always trying to help her and she always says, ‘No, I can do it! She doesn’t need or want help to do things. She’s going to try to do it herself.”
Head to the next page for this adorable little girl’s first unassisted steps!