- A girl suffering from cerebral palsy has walked for the first time
- This was possible after a groundbreaking spinal surgery
- Experts believe she might never need to use a wheelchair again
A five-year-old girl in Ohio, US who was born with cerebral palsy has walked for the first time ever after a surgery known as known as selective dorsal rhizotomy.
When she was born, doctors warned that the girl, Bhoomi Manjunatha, may never be able to walk independently.
However, surgeons at Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital performed the groundbreaking operation on Bhoomi in November last year and after intense physical therapy, she has taken her first steps.
Bhoomi's cerebral palsy and spasticity condition contracted her leg muscles and thus confined her to a wheelchair. She is among 12 million people in the world affected by the condition.
Doctors believe that with more physical therapy, she might never need a wheelchair again.
Bhoomi's mother, Sushma, said in an interview: "She was so excited about this surgery thinking it is going to be a magical cut and she'll be all good, but it took a lot of effort from her to get where she is today."
Bhoomi's next target in her physical therapy is to straighten her legs in order to strengthen her upper muscles.
Her doctors are optimistic about her progress. One of them, Dr Jeffrey Leonard, said: "Bhoomi is bright and energetic, you can see that from her smile. She is motivated and did everything that the therapist asked of her, working really hard in rehabilitation."
Watch more about Bhoomi's surgery in the video below.