Soldier mom returns to daughter's first steps

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - This morning, little Cheyenne
Leslie entered the Ocean Medical Center and ran purposefully into
the arms of her physical therapist. The girl seemingly unhindered
by her arm and leg brace.

A few hours later, the 4-year-old diagnosed with cerebral palsy
as an infant ran through the airport terminal to greet a mother who
has never even seen her child walk. Doctors once said would likely
be confined to a wheelchair for life.

Cyd Leslie, an Army specialist who has served in Iraq,
Afghanistan and other posts abroad for the past year and-a-half,
has only seen her daughter's steps on video.

The last time Leslie saw Cheyenne in person, she would take a
few tentative steps and stumble.

Dominga Leslie cares for Cheyenne and her sister, 2-year-old
Niome, while their mother was overseas.

By chance she found therapies 4 Kids, an intensive physical therapy program.

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