Imagine waking up from a coma and attending a graduation ceremony organized just for you!
That is exactly what happened to Scott Dunn who ended up missing his graduation ceremony at East Juniata High School in Central Pennsylvania because he had been in a coma. Days before, Scott figured in a major car crash. He woke up from his coma to find his class having their commencement exercises. Scott was devastated. However, he had no idea his friends had graduation plans for him all along.
According to a report from WPVI- TV Philadelphia, Scott’s friends managed to get half of his class to come back for another graduation ceremony organized for Scott. They did it three weeks after the actual ceremony. Scott was surprised at the efforts his friends made to make it happen.
“I’m speechless, to know this many people are behind me,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were as much as 2,163 teenagers aged 16 to 19 killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. Young people aged 15 to 24 also account for as much as $19 billion of total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males. Moreover, in 2013, motor vehicle death rate for both male drivers and passengers from ages 16 to 19 were nearly two times more than females.
At the same time, it has also been found that 56 percent of teenagers between 13 and 20 who had died as a result of passenger vehicle crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the incident. Moreover, only 55 percent of high school students said that they put seat belts on when riding a car with someone else.
Today, Scott is grateful to have woken up from his coma and to have finally had his graduation. He is now focused on getting better.
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