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Five-year-old from Cambridgeshire to climb Mount Snowdon months after taking her first steps

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

The parents of a five-year-old from Cambridgeshire who were told their daughter would never walk say it's beyond a dream come true to see her making her first steps.

Maya's parents were told she'd never walk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Maya Ratcliffe was born with spina bifida-a condition where the spine does not develop properly, leaving a gap in the spine.

But after a number of operations, the remarkable toddler from Whittlesey near Peterborough has defied medical opinion and has taken her first steps with the help of a walker- and is now aiming to tackle one of the UK’s tallest peaks.

It's beyond a dream come true, it's a dream that we didn't even have, because we were told it just wouldn't happen, but then, she just seems to push herself that little bit further and makes the next step happen, she's just proving us all wrong.

– Fay Dovey, Maya's mother
Maya and her family are raising money for charity Credit: ITV News Anglia

Maya has also battled a swollen brain and meningtitis in her short life.

Nine months ago, she had yet more major surgery - this time to reconstruct both her hips.

In September Maya's starting school and taking part in her first wheelchair race at the Olympic Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Maya and her parents are now planning to climb Mount Snowdon to raise money for spina bifida charity, SHINE.

Maya says she is now on a mission to see the world.