Girl, 6, paralysed after performing a "back bend" takes first steps

Six-year-old Eden, who was paralysed from the waist down after performing a back bend, has taken her first steps.
Six-year-old Eden, who was paralysed from the waist down after performing a back bend, has taken her first steps. Photo: Facebook/ Stand for Eden.

A six-year-old girl,who was paralysed from the waist down after performing a "back bend", has taken her first steps since her injury.

Just over a year ago in December 2015, Eden Hoelscher of California, suffered a stroke in her spinal cord after doing a "bridge". The simple move, one the active little girl had performed countless times, resulted in Eden being wheelchair bound. 

And yet, despite being unable to sit on her own, and having lost the ability to use her bladder and bowels, Eden never lost her spirit and cheeky personality. Nicknamed "Daredevil Eden" by her therapy team, the brave six-year-old has now taken her first steps.

Speaking to PEOPLE, Eden's mother, Kylee, shared that her daughter has made an "amazing recovery". After relocating from the family home in California, to the Frazier Rehab Facility in Kentucky, Eden has gone from strength to strength. 

Along with her remarkable first steps, Eden can now sit up by herself, get dressed, brush her teeth and take a bath. "She's a lot more comfortable in her own skin — just comfortable in her body and with the way that she is," her proud mum says.

And that's not all.

"[Eden] can scoot all around the floor and she's learning how to bump up and down stairs. She wants to be independent and she doesn't want to constantly be carried."

Kylee has been tracking Eden's recovery on her Facebook page, Stand For Eden.  And, while her little girl has impressed everyone with her progress, Kylee admits there are days when the six-year-old still struggles.

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"She does have rough days where she says, 'Mom, am I ever going to get better?' " Kylee says. "I had her watch the video of her taking steps and said, 'What do you think?' She looked at me and said, 'Yeah. I am.' "

The brave little girl achieved yet another milestone earlier this month - returning to school as a full-time student.

In a recent post to her Facebook page, Kylee reflected on the past twelve months and the challenges the family - including her husband, Nicholas and Eden's sister Isabella - have faced together. Declaring that "2017 will a great year," Kylee adds,

"I learned in 2016 that when I feel like I absolutely cannot go on, I have surrounded myself with people who will literally pick me up off the ground and tell me that I can.

"Life is about perspective. We cannot change what life deals us, but we can sure as hell fight back when we have suffered a loss that we thought we would never recover from.

"As we reflect on 2016, we won't think about what we have lost and all the things that have tried to destroy us. We will think about all the people who have helped us wake up every day and given us the strength to keep fighting."

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