KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT)--Graduation is in full swing all across the country. In Roane County there is one student is is thankful to be walking across the stage. Eighteen year-old Caleb Wilson was in a bad car wreck back in January. The future looked grim for the volunteer fire fighter. However, he beat the odds, and will be turning his tassle with the rest of his friends.
Caleb Wilson was driving home on January 10 when he ran into a horse. The animal died. Caleb was critically injured. He had bleeding in the brain and a broken jaw. Helena Harper says, "They were unsure he was going to make it through the night."
He did survive the night and Friday he got ready for graduation. Caleb Wilson says, "It's traumatic, but I'm lucky to be sitting here and graduating today."
Often times at graduation there's an empty seat remembering senior who has died, but Caleb was able to graduate with all of his classmates. He missed school for 3 months. His friends helped him with his classwork and his teachers tutored him. Caleb's best friend Emerald Oran says, "He's worked his butt off to graduate with us on time. We're all so proud of him for making the comeback that he has."
Caleb Wilson says, "I just really wanted to graduate on time because I wanted to move on with my future."
Looking back, he doesn't remember the wreck-- and says he'd rather not. Neither does his mom. She will be there when Caleb walks across the stage for real. Helena Harper says, "I'm very proud of him because he worked hard. He's a fighter and I know he's going to do something wonderful."
Caleb says some good came of his crash. Now when he's out on an emergency, he knows what his patients are going through. Wilson says, "I can sit there and say hey I was there. It feels like it's going to be the end of the world, but it's not. It's going to be okay."