HS grad gets home ceremony

June 1, 2009 11:57:12 AM PDT
It's been a long road, but a high school senior who worked hard is getting a special graduation. He actually had his diploma brought to his home. The Jefferson Davis High School graduate couldn't make it because of a debilitating disease, but it wasn't enough to stop him from earning a diploma.

For so long, Abraham Arteaga wondered if this day would ever come. He still wonders.

"Is this all real," he asked. "Am I dreaming? Wake up."

The high school senior was born with muscular dystrophy. His nurse, Dawn Bell, told us he only has full use of his fingertips.

"When he does his homework, it may take him eight hours to do an assignment that would take a normal child 30 minutes," she described.

Even when he completed his requirements to graduate, Abraham learned he wouldn't make his class ceremony.

"I just couldn't do it, too much trouble," Abraham said.

So Jefferson Davis High School brought the ceremony to him. It was Abraham's special day and yet he chose to share the spotlight with someone else.

"I'm doing this for my brother, since he didn't get to graduate," Abraham said.

Abraham's older brother, George, was born with muscular dystrophy too. And he was just one month shy of his high school graduation when it killed him. Antonia Arteaga said she never expected this for either of her sons and never expected it to be so beautiful.

It was a moment, Abraham's family told us, they wouldn't have missed for anything in the world. Abraham says neither would his brother.

"I know he's looking down on me," Abraham said.

This is the first time Davis High School has ever held a ceremony like this for an individual student. Abraham told us he hasn't decided yet what he'll do now, but he's thinking of taking some college courses.

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