GREELEY – Nearly 20 years after doctors gave Katie Beets less than one percent chance of survival, she's doing something doctors weren't sure she ever would.
In January of 1995 at the age of eight, Beets was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a cancerous form of brain tumor. At the time, Beets was in a coma. Her parents were forced with a heart wrenching choice: Take Beets off life support or put her through a surgery with a less than one percent chance of survival. Many doctors didn't even want to try to perform the surgery.
A new neurosurgeon transferred to the hospital soon after and said he could get Beets through the surgery, though he could not promise she would ever be able to walk or talk again.
Nearly 20 years later, after three brain surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Beets walked across the stage of her college graduation and accepted a diploma. She also gave one of the keynote speeches at the ceremony.
Beets will begin her new career as a medical assistant soon. She hopes to one day work at Children's Hospital so she can help children who are in the place she once was.
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