For some children born with a birth injury, surgery can make the difference between a life of independence and a life of restraint. A video of one young boy with CP taking his first steps after a tendon surgery has gone viral. CBS News reports.
The five-year-old boy, MJ, was already known to the public after his coach helped him make a touchdown in a little league football game. Now, two months after surgery, he took his first steps without a walker. His mom was there to record the moment.
He has come a long way since his birth at 23 weeks. He was just over a pound at birth. However, he is coping very well with his cerebral palsy. According to his doctors, he will be able to walk fully on his own in the future, so long as he keeps exercising his legs to prevent them from seizing up.
Given the support of his family and how glad he was when he took those steps, that’s not likely to be a problem.
It is our hope that every child who needs a surgery like this can get one. Early intervention in a birth injury case can make a huge difference in the life of a child.