Little Girl Defies Doctors' Expectations And Dances For The First Time
Watch the heartwarming moment that a little girl manages to defy doctors' expectations by dancing for the first time in her life:
Having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy just before her second birthday, six-year-old Lily-Mae Leadsom was told that she'd probably never walk again.
But, as you can see from the video above, determined Lily-Mae managed to fight her fate, and not only managed to take her first steps unaided last week, but also now busts a groove daily.
This follows life-changing surgery, after her family raised nearly £60,000 for her to get Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) in last November - covering the £27,000 surgery and the costs of private physiotherapy for the next two years, as well as home equipment to help Lily-Mae live independently.
Lily-Mae lives in Maidstone, Kent, with parents Kerry and Sam, and her two brothers Sean, 15, and three-year-old Harry.
Kerry, 32, said that Lily-Mae has always loved to dance, but was never able to stand on her own two feet.
She explained: "It was emotional, happy. It was just seeing all her dreams come true in front of you. SDR has really changed her life and this is just the beginning.
"She can stand for about eight minutes now independently - before she wouldn't be able to stand at all without support.
"She actually has take three independent steps without any walking aid and she's gone from using a walking frame to using quad sticks.
"She can also now partly dress herself, go to the toilet without assistance, and can stand and brush her teeth and wash her hands by herself.
"You can see it in her face, can't you? She absolutely loves to dance - to be up on her feet and be able to dance, the smile on her face just says it all.
"We never thought when Lily was little that we would ever see her do anything likes this, it's just incredible."
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She continued: "At the moment she loves that George Ezra song, it came on and we were in the middle of doing some physio and she just started busting her moves, like I say.
"She loves a lot of music, she really loves The Greatest Showman too.
"It's a bit of everything, she likes old music even, like Bob Marley.
"She's always liked a bit of a bop with her head but she was quite restricted because she couldn't get up.
"There was one time when she was one and when she was two sitting on the sofa dancing to Elvis, chucking her arms about.
"But this is the first time she has been up on her feet and hold her balance like that.
"It's a lot for her to concentrate on, to keep her posture, balance and you can see that she's really trying.
"It was in the last week. She wants dance to now. She's doing it every day.
"She doesn't really get tired, she just keeps going. We've a lot of physiotherapy that we have to do but she just keeps going and never complains, always similar."
Lily-Mae was born on Christmas Eve in 2011 - two months premature.
She had to use a walking frame from the age of three, but thanks to the recent procedure can now walk with walking sticks
Kerry added: "They said she would probably never walk.
"She learnt to crawl when she was about two-and-a-half - before she couldn't get about at all.
"She started using her walking frame when she was about three so that would have been her first steps with a walking aid."
Go Lily-Mae! You're an inspiration to us all.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS