According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is a disability that affects about one in 323 children. And out of these children, the degree to which they can walk on their own varies.
But none of these statistics seem to matter to Maya.
The four-year-old girl was born with cerebral palsy, but from the looks of it, she’s not letting the disability get in the way of having fun.
Many of the pictures on her family-run Instagram page show Maya with a big smile across her face, regardless of the condition she’s in.
Though we can assume it’s been a tough journey for her, you would never know it based on what we see.
The bio of the Instagram page even says, “Living life with CP like a boss.”
At one point, Maya received selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, which is a form of treatment for CP that is supposed to improve walking patterns and range of motion.
Only a few weeks after the surgery, Maya is seen balancing herself while pushing a stroller.
Steady, steady, steady 🙀. …… She is her own cheerleader. I love how much she believes in herself. In March, before SDR, she tried pushing her baby stroller and fell multiple times. Usually every few steps. She couldn’t get her heels down and her balance was terrible. Now just 3 weeks and 1 day post SDR and she looks amazing pushing this stroller. She still falls, but WAY less. I really wish I had emails for all the doctors who told us she would be weaker, less mobile, etc. after SDR. #howdoyoulikemenow #💪. P.S. Ms. Anna…she got one leg up 😉😀🙂❤️😍 …… If you want to see the pre SDR search back to Feb/March posts or check out Mighty Miss Maya Will to Walk on Facebook.
The post even claims that doctors stated that Maya would become weaker because of the surgery, but as we can see, the girl is continually proving doctors wrong.
This is no surprise given that she has steadily been putting in the work to do so.
With all of these videos of her walking with some sort of support system, the goal seemed to be to eventually get Maya to a point where she could stand by herself.
Then, in July 2018, Maya literally made a huge step in her progress.
In the video, Maya is captured walking on her own, completely unassisted.
As her family cheers her on, Maya slowly but surely walks forward towards the camera.
“I’m walking!” Maya yells.
Though the girl took her time to balance herself, we see her be able to take multiple steps, with absolutely no help from her family.
It’s at that point where the whole family, including Maya, knew that her hard work for four years had paid off.
“We are beyond proud of our mighty girl,” the post caption read.
If this video and the others are any indication, then Maya will have no problem making even better progress as she gets older.
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. 🔥 . . . . . #sdrchangeslives #beemighty #impossibleisnothing #firststeps #cerebralpalsy #imwalking #yes #amazing #dreamcometrue #onlythebeginning #wearesoproud #tearsofjoy #icandoit #iknowican #shebelieves #thisgirlisonfire