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Published: Sunday, June 16, 2019 @ 6:28 AM
CLAREMONT, Calif. — A Southern California teen who has been in a wheelchair for nearly a year overcame the odds last week to walk at his high school graduation.
Alex Harris. Claremont High School Graduate. Goal crusher. Has more drive than anyone his neurosurgeon has ever met. Don’t let the wheelchair fool you. He walked the stage today to get this diploma. See it on #KCAL9 at 10:30 @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/A3d1503uVF— Nicole Comstock (@ComstockNEWS) June 14, 2019
According to KTLA, Claremont High School graduate Alexander Harris surprised his classmates Thursday as he rose from his wheelchair, used a walker to cross the stage and accepted his diploma.
An inspirational recovery by a Claremont teen... This morning on the KTLA 5 News at 5!Posted by KTLA 5 News on Thursday, June 13, 2019
The emotional moment came 10 months after a serious motocross racing crash left Harris with a broken neck.
"He couldn't lift his hands to drink," his mother, Peggy, told KTLA. "I had to feed him. I had to give him, you know, whatever he needed, and to see where he's at today ..."
Although doctors said Harris may never be able to use his limbs again, he remained focused on one goal.
"My first thought was, 'When can I get back walking?'" he told KTLA.
Following several months of physical therapy, he did just that.
"Never give up," he told the TV station.