Published: 16:27 EDT, 30 November 2012 | Updated: 18:46 EDT, 30 November 2012>
A photographer has paid tribute to her four-year-old daughter, who doctors thought may never walk due to a rare chromosome disorder, by capturing her taking some of her first steps using a frame.
Michelle Nagle from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, posted a black and white shot of her little girl, Eden, moving down a corridor to Istagram, with a brief caption ending: 'Strongest little human I know.'
The 31-year-old was astonished to see how many comments her photo generated, with people citing her youngster as an inspiration.
An inspiration: Michelle Nagle posted this photo of her daughter, Eden, on Instagram
One Istagram user wrote: 'Your amazing image arrived in Mexico! You are inspiring! Congrats to your little princess!'
While another said: 'Amazing! She's reaching the world.'
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Mrs Nagle, who has been married to her husband, Tim, for eight years, told The Huffington Post: 'I thought, what a beautiful thing. My little kiddo has all of these people cheering her on, and she doesn't even know it.'
The Nagles first realized something was wrong with Eden around five to six months after her birth, when she wasn't trying to sit and crawl, and she had difficulty keeping her head up.
Strong-willed: When specialists first discovered Eden had a deletion in her first chromosome, they said she might never be able to walk, but this year she took her first steps
Warning signs: It wasn't until Eden was around five or six months old that the Nagles realized that something was wrong and doctors directed them to a genetic testing lab
'We also noticed that she wasn't really interested in toys and seemed to have a hard time seeing things. Her eyes seemed to be crossing quite a bit,' she told MailOnline.
Doctors said that she had low muscle tone, but unable to give a diagnosis they directed the family to a genetic testing lab.
It was there that specialists noticed Eden had a deletion in her first chromosome, which could cause some developmental delays. They said that she may never be able to walk.
'We noticed that she wasn't really interested in toys and seemed to have a hard time seeing things'
She was also diagnosed with Duane syndrome, a rare, congenital eye movement disorder, which means she doesn't have peripheral vision.
When Eden was eight months old she started physical therapy and took many sessions in the water. She also had speech therapy.
Now more than three years on she is starting to take her first steps.
Mrs Nagle, who runs a photography business, told The Huffington Post: 'She took three steps by herself in September of this year, the day after my birthday. They're super wobbly, but it's awesome.'
Eden wears braces on her feet that come up to her ankles, and has been working with a reverse walker.
Talented girl: Mrs Nagle says that Eden loves music, and especially loves singing
Daddy's little princess: Eden with her father Tim
Describing a typical day Mrs Nagle told MailOnline: 'A typical weekday involves getting up, getting her dressed and grabbing breakfast. Then it's off to school.
'Eden attends an amazing developmental preschool that we could not speak highly enough about. She thrives there and learns so much.
'She usually has physical therapy and occupational therapy there as well. Dad picks her up around 5pm and we all have dinner together, maybe watch some cartoons, listen to music and dance around the living room. Read a book and bedtime is around 7:30pm. Weekends are full of playing and music and lots of laughter.'
Mrs Nagle lost her first daughter, Lyla, 23 minutes after her birth in 2007, because of a condition called anencephaly which meant she was missing the majority of her brain and skull.
Strong bond: The Nagles have been married eight years, and although they have talked about having more children, at the moment they are happy being three
Eden was born a year later. Asked if she would like more children Mrs Nagle said: 'Possibly. We have talked about this a number of times and haven't said yes or no.
'It's hard to know how things will develop as Eden gets older. We've talked about possibly adopting, but we are waiting to see how life unfolds.'
Luckily the family have been eligible for Medicaid, which has helped fund Eden's treatment.
The family are looking forward to spending Christmas together. And Mrs Nagle revealed that Eden's list for Santa Claus includes a toy kitchen because she 'really enjoys helping in the kitchen', a drawing easel and some music CDs.
Mrs Nagle added: 'I really can't express how awesome our kiddo is. I'm sure every parent says that, but she is quite special. She's changed my life, for sure.'
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