Student paralyzed in accident 2 years ago graduates high school

BOSTON (WHDH) - A high school student paralyzed in a tragic accident received his diploma with his classmates despite not being able to go to class for the past two years.

Jean Catulle was paralyzed in a freak accident while playing with his friends two years ago.

“We were playing on the field and I ended up falling and I didn’t think it was that severe,” said Catulle. He was in a coma for three months, underwent 36 surgeries and had to learn how to move again. Catulle said he made it his mission to graduate from the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science with his classmates.

Catulle was unable to attend class but did school work from his hospital bed. With help from his tutor, Catulle worked late nights between surgeries and during breaks from therapy.

“I am happy for him, I am proud of him and I see him as very strong,” said Catulle’s tutor, Marie-Monique Brun. “You know how Boston is be strong? That is this one here.”

As Catulle was wheeled into graduation, the place went wild. Many of his classmates had not seen him since he was last able to go to class two years ago.

Catulle said he wants to study biomedical engineering.

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