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Tripp Halstead, 4, walks for first time since accident

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JEFFERSON, GA (CBS46) -

During the past two years, 4-year-old Tripp Halstead has been through 16 surgeries after he was critically injured when a tree limb fell on him while he was playing outside his daycare in Winder.

This week the family received some exciting news. With the help of a device called Upsee, Tripp walked again for the first time since his accident.

"We know this has been quite a long journey from October 2012 to now, what do you think about the progress and what he's able to do today?" Murphy asked.

"It's amazing. No one ever thought he would come this far and we just cherish every single moment of it," Tripp's mother Stacy said. "We tried about six months ago and Tripp wasn't ready for it. He hadn't had surgery on his feet yet or anything and so for the first time yesterday after his surgery we decided to give it a try and it worked amazing."

The Halsteads had hoped for this milestone moment after the accident, but never imagined it would happen this soon.

"It made me tear up and I was so proud of him," Stacy said.

She wanted to share that pride with the world so she posted the video on Facebook which is where her husband and Tripp's father saw it first.

"To see him and what he's been through take those steps was a tear jerker in a good way, but definitely tears," Tripp's father Bill said.

Tripp goes to physical therapy twice a week, but the Halsteads realize their son needs so much more on his road to recovery.

"We just make sure that we stay connected as a couple because Tripp needs to see that. Every kid needs that in their life," Stacy said.

It's a small step for Tripp, but a big step towards the happy ending the Halstead's have been waiting for.

"Do you believe that one day he'll be able to walk on his own?" Murphy asked.

"Yeah, we think so. It's going to be a long process, but that's what everyone told us. Slow and steady wins the race and that's what we've gone by and for only two years to have gone by and he's making this much progress then it gives a lot of hope for the future," Stacy said.

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