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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth senior is beating the odds and doing something she dreamed of from her hospital bed: walk across the stage to receive her high school diploma.
Tonasia “Nada” Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury after a Chesapeake car crash in 2017. Nada was behind the wheel when she got into an accident at the intersection of Deep Creek Boulevard and Military Highway in Chesapeake.
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Nada’s mother, Alice Edwards, says loved ones leaned on their faith while Nada was unconscious for about five months. Finally, on March 7, she got a call from the nurses at CHOR that her daughter had lifted her leg and arm while getting a bath.
The then 16-year-old received physical, occupational and speech therapy at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) after spending six months between Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHOR).
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She told 10 On Your Side she wanted to walk at her graduation. On June 15, Nada did...
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