After spine surgery, 4-year-old with cerebral palsy walks for first time

(WHDH) — It was a look of pure joy.

Maya, a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, took her first steps after an intense spine surgery.

Maya lives with cerebral palsy, but it didn’t stop her from beating the odds to take her first steps — steps doctors said she wouldn’t be able to take for months.

The girl was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a year old. But she’s never let it slow her down, earning the nickname “mighty miss Maya.”

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

Doctors warned it would take at least 6 months for her to walk on her own.

But once again, little Maya proved everyone wrong.

She spends several weeks in physical therapy. Her fifth birthday is just two months away, and her family thinks that by then, mighty miss Maya will be hard to keep up with.

For more on this incredible story — and to see her first steps — check out the video above.

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