Three-year-old Mia defies the odds and takes her first steps

A young mother from Andover, who was told her baby might never walk, has filmed her daughter's first steps.

Three-year-old Mia has a rare disorder which affects her speech and movement.

But she has defied the medics by walking with a specially painted pink walker.

The heartwarming video has been watched more than a million times online.

Her mum, Mollie Wincott, says: "I feel like it's been something I had been waiting for for years and I think I had just given up hope in seeing her take her steps. So when she did it, I don't think I've ever been as happy as I did when I saw it".

  • Watch the moment Mia takes her first steps

Mia was born with stomach problems and two holes in her heart and spent months in and out of hospital.

She also contracted meningitis and septicaemia.

This summer she was diagnosed with Joubert Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which causes problems with development as well as speaking and mobility.

But it was when her walker was painted pink that Mia decided to walk for the first time.

As ITV News Meridian filmed, Mia surprised her family again, this time pushing her wheeler in front of her.

Mia's grandmother, Kerry Hearsey, says: "I think both hers and her mum's determination will get her to the best possible point she can get to. Whatever that may be for the future, I just hope she continues to grow in the best way that she can and achieves the best that's possible for her."

Mia is now receiving physiotherapy and speech and language help. The video of her walking has been viewed more than a million times online, and has touched the hearts of many.

  • Watch Mary Stanley's report below