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10 years after violent crash, teen graduates

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Jvonne Griffin Jvonne Griffin
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Doctors thought graduating was out of the question, but 10 years later a young Harrisburg woman finally got her high school diploma.

"I love kids," said Jvonne Griffin. The 19-year-old Harrisburg High graduate has aspirations to open a daycare one day. A decade ago, the only goal was to remain alive.

On June 6, 2003 Griffin said a car near 13th and Derry streets hit her. Griffin said witnesses told her she flipped 60 feet into the air and landed on the car's windshield. Griffin spent five days in a coma and countless days after in a hospital.

Griffin said she suffered severe brain trauma as well as long-lasting physical and mental injuries from the crash. Over the last 10 years, Griffin said she struggled through school and therapy, and she battled typical teen tribulations as well.

On Sunday, however, all that was behind her. Griffin walked across the graduation stage with the Harrisburg High School Class of 2013.

"It was really nerve-wracking," said Griffin. "It was a lot of people out in the crowd, and I'm kinda looking around and I just look up, and I see my mom and started smiling."

A crying mother, Yvonne Griffin, was cheering proudly from the stands.

"She wanted to finish school...and, so to see her [receive] the diploma she was so happy and so accomplished," she said. "So, I'm really, really happy for her."

Griffin said she plan to attend Harrisburg Area Community College and study early education. Her dream is to own a daycare center.

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