'So awesome’: Paralyzed Va. teen walks across stage at high school graduation

Paralyzed Va. teen walks across stage at high school graduation

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - A teen who was paralyzed after a car crash in 2017 got up from his wheelchair and walked across the stage to get his high school diploma this month.

Henrico County Public Schools posted to Facebook that Ryan Estrada did “something that might not have seemed possible just a year ago.”

Estrada suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury in the crash.

The video shows Estrada getting up and receiving his diploma on June 11 from Godwin High School Principal Leigh Dunavant.

“It’s so awesome," his mother Caroline told Henrico Schools. "It was a wonderful evening for sure. I’m very proud of Ryan.”

Ryan Estrada Graduation Walk

"Never stop believing..." Watch as Godwin High School senior Ryan Estrada does something that might not have seemed possible just a year ago... In 2017, Ryan was paralyzed in a car accident while driving to school. He suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury. But on Tuesday, June 11, you better believe that Ryan walked across the stage to receive his diploma from Godwin Principal Leigh Dunavant as the Siegel Center crowd rose to its feet with applause. We asked Ryan's mother, Caroline, for permission to share this moment...she told us, "It's so awesome. It was a wonderful evening for sure. I’m very proud of Ryan." So are we. Way to go, Ryan!

Posted by Henrico County Public Schools on Monday, June 17, 2019

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