Hari Kieft, 2, was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy after being born 10 weeks premature, leaving him confined to a wheelchair.
His devoted parents Cerianne and Richard feared he may never walk and play like other children.
But, after friends and family raised a staggering Â£45,000, he jetted out to St Louis Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Missouri for a life-changing surgery.
There, neurosurgeon Dr Tae Park performed an operation to cut the nerves in Hariâ€™s spine to release the spasticity in his legs.
Now, just five weeks later, Hari is on his feet for the first time.
Mrs Kieft said: ‘Itâ€™s a new beginning. That is how it feels. Weâ€™ve almost got to the stage where we forget that Hari used to get around by crawling, even though that was only five weeks ago.