Paralyzed 6-Yr-Old Stands Up In Class, But Students Erupt In Cheers As He Takes Tentative First Steps.


Remember the story of 2-year-old Silas? Silas was born with Norrie Disease but was too small to use standard size walkers, so some kind Home Depot employees surprised him by making a custom walker themselves; they cried watching him take his first steps in it. Then there was the story of Giovanni. Giovanni, also 2, had a rare form of Dwarfism. After a hip surgery, his mom and dad captured the moment Giovanni walked for the first time post-surgery on video.

In the video below, we once again see a child taking his first steps. But these aren’t his first steps using a new walker or his first steps after surgery, these are 6-year-old David Matos de Souza’s first steps ever!

David has Poliomyelitis. He was born paralyzed and has had to use a wheelchair his entire life. Poliomyelitis is an infectious disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord, causing muscle atrophy and paralysis.

Despite the difficulties David has lived with for his entire life, little David’s face in the video below is a heart-melting picture of joy! That’s because– after years of surgery and physical therapy– David just took his first steps.

“Seeing the video, it was so emotional. I cried a lot,” said David’s mother. “Due to his paralysis, doctors had said he would never be able to walk, but more recently he has been getting some physical therapy and his classmates decided to try and encourage him to walk.”

And they certainly do encourage him! The best part of the video below is definitely seeing the support of his cheering classmates. The Brazilian schoolchildren shout “Go, David, go!” as he walks across the room and into his teacher’s arms.

His teacher captured the incredible moment on her mobile phone.

“After so many years of hardship, it’s indescribable how I feel now.” added David’s mom. “The one thing I want to say is if there are other mothers in a similar situation, never give up on your children.”

Check out David’s first steps below and share his triumph today!

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