A little girl with cerebral palsy defied her mother’s expectations and walked for over a minute after taking her very first steps just a week prior, reports ABC News.
Eleven-year-old Birkley Logan, from Colorado, contracted a Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection while still in the womb after the virus passed from her mother to her.
The CMV infection caused both cerebral palsy and “profound hearing loss” when Birkley was born. Her mom Tamra Logan said her daughter has spent most of her life walking around on her knees.
Tamara even created special “knee sneakers” for her daughter’s comfort.
But with the help of a physical therapist, Birkley was able to achieve her dream of being able to walk on her own two feet all by herself.
The Skneeks in the early days, obviously lots of use… lots of shoo goo, silicon and arm sleeves. We’ve come a long way. #skneeks #specialneeds #cerebralpalsy #adaptivesports #adaptiveathlete
As the Mirror reports, Tamra explained in a now-deleted video:
“She has been through two cochlear implant surgeries, hip or VDRO surgery, numerous botox treatments for hypotonia as well as tons of physical therapy, speech therapy and more.”
Yet despite being unable to move independently at one point in her life, that didn’t stop Birkley from putting one foot in front of the other and working towards taking her very first steps.
Her mother captured the magical moment in a video.
Watch the clip below:
Tamra Logan captured the excitement in her daughter's face as the then-10-year-old with cerebral palsy walked for over a minute, a week and a half after taking her very first steps. https://abcn.ws/2E2dC89
Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, February 20, 2019
After undergoing multiple “grueling” medical treatments to improve her restricted mobility and communication skills, she went from being nonmobile to walking and from no communication to signing. Tamra said:
“We’ve been through some big hurdles and if it weren’t for others really believing in her potential, she wouldn’t be where she is today.”
The mother described her 11-year-old’s progress as a “miracle.” Tamra told ABC News
“She was super excited, she was just surprised at herself, at what she was doing. I think you could tell.”
After Birkley took her first steps on October 28, 2018, her mom revealed that her daughter is getting stronger every day.