A teenager who is paralyzed after a turbulence accident and has ended up in a wheelchair has proudly taken her first steps in almost four years to graduate from high school.
Anna Sarol, 18, from Kansas City, accepted her degree from Olathe Northwest High School on Sunday, May 19 with the help of two of her siblings, a walker and braces.
The student, who was paralyzed after a horrific accident in 2015, received a standing ovation from her fellow classmates and others in the audience as she walked the stage during the ceremony.
Wow! Anna Sarol, who was paralyzed after a turbulence accident, took her first steps in years to complete the graduate internship at Olathe Northwest High School on Sunday, May 19.
Unbelievable! The 18-year-old was assisted by two of her siblings, a walker and braces as she made her way through the stage to accept her diploma
Devastating: Anna was involved in a freak gymnastics accident in which she fell while practicing on high bars in her first year of high school
With FEMAIL, Anna said the feeling that she was walking through the graduation phase throughout the day & # 39; crazy & # 39; was, as she said: & # 39; I have certainly prepared for it for four years. & # 39;
The 18-year-old student, assisted by her brother and one of her three sisters across the stage, said it was extra special because her family there looked at her and supported her.
Anna explained that while two of her siblings helped her walk across the stage, the other two were in the audience and filmed the special moment.
Determined: since her accident in August 2015, Anna said she didn't let the incident get in the way of her love of gymnastics because she said she wasn't afraid of the sport at all & # 39;
The emotional clip shows the crowd cheering and clapping for Anna as she walks across the stage wearing her graduation cap and gown.
She said that her classmates and colleagues watching her as she walked across the stage were shocked to see her walk because she had kept her plan under control until the very end.
Anna, who was determined to cross the stage during her graduation since she was injured, said: & # 39; Most of them didn't see me walking at all. & # 39;
She said that she & # 39; secret & # 39; because she wanted & # 39; a real reaction & # 39; from her peers.
The 18-year-old suffered her life-changing injury on August 20, 2015, at the start of her first year.
As a result, she said she travels her entire first semester between different hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
& # 39; It was extremely difficult to balance my education, social life and, more importantly, my health & # 39 ;, she said in a recent Instagram post.
The student, who now coaches gymnastics courses, said unlike many sports enthusiasts who suffered injuries, she never let the accident stand in the way of her love of gymnastics.
& # 39; I am not at all afraid of the sport & # 39 ;, she said, & # 39; I have never felt that sadness (after the accident) & # 39 ;.
Love: Pictured with her brothers and sisters, Anna said that graduation was extra special because her family watched her from the audience
Support: Anna, who was seen on the big day with family members, said she spent her entire first semester traveling between different hospitals and rehabilitation centers after her accident
Talk to Good morning America, Anna said that she felt nervous in the run-up to the moment, despite the fact that she had practiced with her brothers and sisters beforehand.
& # 39; I was very nervous, very worried about the whole situation because my classmates have not seen me walking since the first year, & # 39; said the 18 year old.
Hard: discuss how life was after her accident, Anna said: & # 39; It was extremely difficult to balance my education, social life and, more importantly, my health & # 39;
She added: & # 39; I could hear the whole crowd, and I looked up and I got everyone going, including everyone in the stadium and everyone in my class. & # 39;
Anna said that people were left in tears after seeing the special moment.
She revealed that people she didn't even know personally came forward to say that watching her journey made them feel emotionally.
Anna & # 39; s mother, Louicee Sarol, said she & # 39; very proud & # 39; is on her daughter.
& # 39; From a mother's perspective it hurts to see your child like this, but she is my strength & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Here is my Anna – yes, she cannot walk, but she is inspiring people & # 39 ;, the proud mother of five added.
He remembers Anna's accident, and said the only time she saw her daughter cry was that she was hurting.
She explained: & # 39; She could not get up and she realized she was paralyzed only one day after the operation.
& # 39; Her attitude was: "Life goes on, it can be even worse" & # 39 ;, she added.
Astonishing! Anna, who hopes to become a motivational speaker, said the feeling & # 39; walking across the stage & # 39; & # 39; crazy & # 39; was, as she said: & # 39; I have certainly been prepared for it for four years & # 39;
Important: Anna is currently trying to raise funds for a prosthetic exoskeleton (pictured), which will help her walk alone without the help of someone else
Worship: about Anna, her older sister, Tina, said: & # 39; She inspires everyone around her with resilience and a positive attitude that she pursues every day & # 39;
Louicee said that watching Anna for the first time in almost four years of walking and receiving a standing ovation from the crowd was an incredible feeling.
& # 39; I told my family we will get up, I don't care if the people behind us can't see, but I didn't know it would be a standing ovation, the whole stadium was standing, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Everyone, almost the entire stadium, cried. I looked back and the parents were in tears of joy, all for Anna, & she added.
One of Anna & # 39; s sisters, Tina, said it & # 39; an honor & # 39; was to witness the standing ovation at the graduation of her younger sister.
& # 39; I know I speak for everyone in my family when I say that although she may be our little sister, she is the one we all look up to, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; She inspires everyone around her with resilience and a positive attitude that she strives for every day & # 39 ;, she added.
She added that Anna, who regularly shares inspiring messages and photos on her Facebook page Pray for Annaboo, hopes to become a motivational speaker after high school.
She said that she & # 39; these circumstances that God gave her & # 39; will use as a platform to reach others.
Anna is currently trying to raise funds for a prosthetic exoskeleton, of which Tina says it will help her to walk alone, and also to reduce the change in developing pressure ulcers, also known as bed ulcers.
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