Teen Attends High School Graduation With Help of Hospital Transport Team

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One Florida teen was determined to accept his high school diploma with the rest of his class, but he needed some help getting there. 

Evan Rasmussen was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Florida. Staff at the medical center knew how important it was for Rasmussen to attend his graduation ceremony, so they got a special transport team to make it possible. 

"The whole family is extremely excited," said Chandra Evans Campbell, Rasmussen's mother. "It's something that we weren't sure ... they told us from day one they weren't sure if he would ever do. So to reach this accomplishment is pretty exciting."

Rasmussen has spina bifida, a birth defect that happens if the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

The hospital's transport team said they were glad they were able to make Rasmussen's dream of going to graduation possible. 

"It's really an honor and a privilege we get to do this for him, to help him walk this stage to help him complete school to be able to graduate and move on with the rest of his life," said paramedic Brian Clough. 

Check out the video above to see Rasmussen accept his diploma. 


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