While most kids learn to walk anywhere from 9 to 17 months old, one Illinois mom thought her son, born with cerebral palsy might never get to walk without the help of a walker or cane.
To help Dalton gain some independence, doctors suggested they perform a rare spinal surgery called selective dorsal rizotomy to remove nerve fibers in his spinal cord that weren’t responding. “Before, he was crawling around or walking on his knees,” Lacey said.
After healing from surgery, Dalton started physical therapy to help him walk. “Now, he’s getting up and walking to the bedroom, to the restroom. He’s proud. You can see how proud he is,” Lacey said. “Our 8-year-old daughter is a huge help. She’ll hold his hand and they’ll walk together or they’ll play games.”
It’s been eight months since the miracle surgery, and Dalton is walking better than ever. “He doesn’t walk all over the place yet, just when we’re at home he can walk on his own, so that’s our biggest milestone,” Lacey said. “We feel pretty good. Our long-term goal is always to have independence for Dalton. We want him to grow up like any other kid and be able to go to college, get married, have kids.”
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this little boy walks on his own for the first time.
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[Featured image: Inside Edition/Lacy Dwyer]