Boy suffers from lung collapse, but still graduates

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After years of hard work -- and a little fun -- high school seniors in Muscogee County are taking the stage to get their diplomas.

Thursday kicks off the start of graduation ceremonies for Muscogee County schools. While many families are celebrating this big accomplishment for their kids, one family we caught up with feel blessed their son lived to see this day.

Among the sea of soon to be Hardaway High School graduates, one boy stands out because of the long road he took to get here.

Hardaway High School Principal Matt bell told News Leader Nine, "Brett's had a tough couple of months. Brett's lung collapsed at school just a few months ago and he almost didn't make it. He was transferred to Atlanta and things looked pretty bleak for him for a while."

High school senior Brett Allen added, "I went to school and then I passed out after school."

"He just passed out and Mr. Bell and the assistant principal came and got him. We rushed him to the Medical center and they decided it was necessary to put him on a helicopter and the helicopter took him to Scottish Rite's Children's Hospital," explained Brett's grandfather Bill Wilde.

After 9 weeks of rehabilitation Brett returned home to catch up on the schoolwork he missed.

Bell said, "He's been strong enough and strong-willed enough to do a lot of work outside of school despite his health concerns."

His grandfather added, "He worked really hard. He worked hard all year long to graduate this year and he's done an amazing job."

Although he is a man of few words, Brett said he feels excited about getting his diploma.

And his principal is excited for him, "It's going to be a great day to see him come across that stage. It's quite a milestone."

Brett and the other Hardaway graduates take the stage Saturday afternoon.

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