An Ohio teenager with cerebral palsy surprised her parents by walking across the stage at her high school graduation.
Lexi Wright, 19, shocked her parents and the rest of the crowd at Ravenna High School on Wednesday night when she got out of her wheelchair and, gripping a walker, walked across the stage to accept her diploma.
Almost immediately after she started walking, people began applauding, reported the Ravenna Record-Courier.
Wright’s mother Dede was especially touched to see her daughter, who doctors said would likely die within one year of birth and would never walk, walk for the first time.
“I knew nothing about it until they started to move her feet (support) on her wheelchair, then I knew something was happening,” Dede said. “When she received a standing ovation, that melted my heart.”
Wright practiced for an entire year in secret to be able to walk across the stage.