Millie Bea Hughes is a four-year-old girl from Lancashire, England. Unfortunately, Millie suffers from cerebral palsy, but what made her popular on the social media in the recent days is the footage of her walking to school on her first day!
Her mother Natalie and her twin brother Evan were accompanying her and encouraging her along in the video.
“Millie was so determined and wanted to do it.
It makes me cry every time I watch that video. Evan was encouraging her, you can see his little feet in the clip and hear him ask, ‘Shall I get your sticks or a toy?’ It’s really sweet.” – says Natalie.
Millie was born with the condition and has undergone several treatments to help her. She recently had a surgery, combined with months of physical therapy in order to help her walk without the walking frame and take the first steps to school. Her brother Evan has always been along with her on her journey, and he is always there to help her out.
“It makes me really, really proud. She’s come so far with all her physio and Evan always wants to help her,”- says the mother of the twins.
“It’s just nice to see him be there for her and wants her to walk as much as she does.”
They love each other very much and he’ll ask, ‘Are you ok, Millie?’ and try and help her.
When we go to the park he makes sure she has a good time and pushes her on the swing which is lovely to see.” – she adds.
Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects movement and coordination, and it comes from brain problems that affect patients in the very early stages of their lives.
There are procedures that can help those affected, though, and it varies in severity. One of the procedures is the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation that Millie underwent, and it attempted to increase her mobility by affecting the nerve system.
Natalie explained that yesterday was Millie’s first time walking in public unaided, and it was made possible by the intensive strength and conditioning course at the therapy center Walk This Way.
She hopes that their next visit there will really help, and she adds that the 4-year-old is now able to do things she couldn’t do before the operation.
“She’s smashing it – I’m so proud of her.”
Check out the inspirational video below: