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Have You Seen This? Girl with cerebral palsy takes her first steps

By Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Posted - Nov. 19, 2019 at 6:28 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Love Johnson isn’t letting anything get in her way.

The 6-year-old has cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects her muscles and ability to move, and she usually needs a walker and braces to get around, according to CNN.

But a video of Love went viral after she decided to try walking without the braces or the walker, and her mother documented the attempt in this video.

You can see Love gingerly take a few steps while holding on to some nearby furniture, then she lets go and her eyes grow wide as she continues walking forward until she falls onto the furniture a few feet away.

Her little brother is a perfect cheerleader as he follows in her footsteps, imitates her actions and laughs with her, as if this is the happiest day of his life.

Love then turns around and walks confidently back across the room as you hear her mother in the background say, “That is amazing!” in a tone of disbelief. According to CNN, the moment “felt like a dream” to Love’s mother, who said her 6-year-old is her “hero.”

Since the video was posted, Love has also accomplished another milestone: descending the stairs all by herself.

And it feels like there may be many more victories coming soon.

Liesl Nielsen

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