Teen at Craig Hospital attends HS graduation via Skype

KUSA - A high school senior from Kansas who is undergoing rehabilitation at Craig Hospital attended his high school graduation over Skype Sunday afternoon.

"It was probably the most special day of my life because after my accident, I thought I wasn't really going to graduate and then my school came through and said it's still possible," said Alex Fraser. "That really just brought my hopes up and my spirits up a lot."

Fraser was paralyzed when he dove into a wave while on a family vacation in Mexico. Since early April, he's been an inpatient at Craig Hospital in Englewood. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas and attended Blue Valley High School.

"We mentioned to the hospital that Alex would be graduating while he was here and among the many great things that they've done here, they suggested that they may be able to make some arrangements for him to participate in his graduation," said Alex's father Mike.

Staff members and the Craig Hospital Foundation arranged for the family to have a room for the afternoon. They also helped organize a surprise graduation party.

The party included a special visit from the Avs Ice Girls and a gift from the Colorado Avalanche, one of Alex's favorite teams.

"That was really the biggest surprise, I think, to get an Avs jersey signed by all the players. It was pretty cool because I've become a pretty good fan of them," said Alex.

It may have been the biggest surprise of the day, but it wan't the best moment. It came when Alex and his parents watched his high school graduation over Skype and heard his name read.

"To see that I got to be on the screen at graduation really meant a lot to me," said Alex. "It was difficult to keep myself held together. I broke down, of course, it was a really great day so far."

His parents were also moved by the show of support he received.

"It was very cool that they switched the camera and displayed him up on the screen, " said Mike Fraser. "They showed the crowd I think it's 350 or 360 young adults in his graduating class and probably a few thousand people in the stands and they all gave him a standing ovation and they kept the camera on that for a while. It was a priceless moment."

For more information on Craig Hospital visit www.craighospital.org

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