Paralyzed Virginia high school graduate walks the stage

At his graduation, Ryan Estrada walked across the stage after being paralyzed

Henrico County Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools

HENRICO, Va. – Ryan Estrada did “something that might not have seemed possible just a year ago” says Henrico County Public Schools.

NBC 12 reports that the teen, who was paralyzed after a horrific car accident just over a year ago, stood up from his wheelchair and walked to receive his diploma.

Estrada suffered two major injuries including a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury in the 2017 car crash.

Henrico County Public Schools posted a video that shows Estrada getting up, walking across the stage and receiving his diploma on June 11 from Godwin High School Principal Leigh Dunavant.

Ryan Estrada Graduation Walk

"Never stop believing..." Watch as Godwin High School senior Ryan Estrada does something that might not have seemed possible just a year ago... In 2017, Ryan was paralyzed in a car accident while driving to school. He suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury. But on Tuesday, June 11, you better believe that Ryan walked across the stage to receive his diploma from Godwin Principal Leigh Dunavant as the Siegel Center crowd rose to its feet with applause. We asked Ryan's mother, Caroline, for permission to share this moment...she told us, "It's so awesome. It was a wonderful evening for sure. I’m very proud of Ryan." So are we. Way to go, Ryan!

Posted by Henrico County Public Schools on Monday, June 17, 2019