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Watching your child take their first steps is exhilarating. But unfortunately parents whose children have cerebral palsy (CP) must wait years for their child to achieve that huge milestone. Stephanie took her first steps at age 7.

Stephanie and her twin sister Kristen were born premature at 31 weeks. After birth Stephanie suffered a brain bleed that led to CP. The CP caused her right arm and both legs to be very weak and she could not stand up straight.

Stephanie’s parents wanted the best care for their daughter so they brought her to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville.

At the Greenville Shriners Hospital, doctors decided the best course of treatment to get Stephanie up and walking would be surgery. To help her stand up straight and have better leg control, they performed surgery to loosen Stephanie’s hamstrings and lengthen her heel cord.

Several weeks later in the physical therapy room at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, Stephanie stood perfectly straight for the first time and took her first steps. As her mother watched tears filled her eyes because she knew those first steps were opening up a whole new world for her daughter.

Today, Stephanie is thriving. She loves walking, playing basketball, horseback riding and doing aerobics. Her family thanks the doctors at the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville for helping Stephanie defy the odds.

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