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Health & FitTeen with muscular dystrophy graduates from high school just days before his death

01:55  30 april  2019
01:55  30 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A teen with muscular dystrophy fulfilled his dream of graduating high school just days before his death .

A Tennessee high school brought a graduation ceremony to the hospital to fulfill the final wish of a teen suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy . "It meant a lot. We were just thrilled that he got to do it. And he had that last smile I saw on his face, is when he got that diploma in his hand

Teen with muscular dystrophy graduates from high school just days before his death© WJHL
  • Dakota Johnson, from Johnson City, Tennessee, received his high school diploma on Wednesday, just two days before his death.
  • Johnson had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and had been enrolled in homebound schooling since seventh grade.
  • Johnson was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center last week for heart failure, so the hospital hosted a graduation ceremony for him on Wednesday. He died on Friday

A 19-year-old with severe muscular dystrophy fulfilled his lifelong dream of graduating high school just days before his death.

Dakota Johnson, from Johnson City, Tennessee, had been enrolled in homebound schooling since seventh grade due to a fight with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, WJHL reported. The genetic disorder causesprogressive muscle degeneration and primarily affects boys.

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A Tennessee high school brought a graduation ceremony to the hospital to fulfill the final wish of a teen suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy . And he had that last smile I saw on his face, is when he got that diploma in his hand,” Johnson's grandmother and caregiver Wilma Reed said.

A Tennessee high school brought a graduation ceremony to the hospital to fulfill the final wish of a teen suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy . Dakota Johnson, 19, died Friday after Johnson City Schools honored him with a cap, gown and diploma while he was on his hospital bed Wednesday.

The teen told his teacher, Allison Russell, that he hoped to go to prom and graduate from Science Hill High School before senior year was done.

He didn't get to go to prom, but he did complete his school work.

Russell hosted a graduation ceremony for Johnson at Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday after he was admitted last week for heart failure.

"What mattered most to me is that I wanted Dakota to experience that and his grandmother to experience that," Russell told WJHL. Johnson had been raised by his grandmother.

Johnson held his high school diploma and wore a cap and gown in his hospital bed while posing for photos with family and friends.

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- A Tennessee high school brought a graduation ceremony to the hospital to fulfill the final wish of a teen suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy . "We were not sure whether or not he would recover well enough to make it to graduation , so I decided to ask Science Hill ( High School ) about

A sick Tennessee teen fulfilled his dream of graduating from high school just days before he died. News outlets report 19-year-old Dakota Johnson had attended school from home since seventh grade because he had a severe form of muscular dystrophy .

Two days later, on Friday, Johnson died.

His aunt, Susan Breeden, told WJHL that the family will be "forever grateful" to Johnson's school and the Johnson City Medical Center for helping him graduate.

Family friend Carrie Stamper Medley told CNN that it was a "blessing" Johnson was able to receive his diploma.

"It's like God was waiting to take him," she said.

Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett said in a statement to WJHL that the district was "saddened" over Johnson's death.

"Dakota's persistence and hard work earned him his degree and we were honored and grateful to bring graduation to him to allow him and his family to enjoy a very special moment," he said.

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