When Susan Lucci attended a red carpet event earlier this week, it was far from a usual outing.
The 69-year-old star and her grandson, Brendan Hesterberg, 7, walked his first carpet after he underwent a life-changing cerebral palsy surgery earlier this year.
"For the first time he can stand up straight. His feet are flat on the floor," Susan told People at the 15th Annual Women Who Care awards luncheon in NYC on Monday, May 9.
Liza, Brendan and Susan on May 9. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Brendan — whose mother is Susan's daughter, Liza Huber — underwent a elective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgery that involved cutting some of his lower spinal cord sensory nerves to help him walk.
"It's just really changed his life," Liza, 41, said of her son's procedure. "It's his first time at any kind of event like this, and he's doing a great job."