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Graduation comes to hospital for Bartram Trail teen waiting for heart transplant

11:02 PM, Jun 1, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County student confined to her hospital bed was able to achieve her dream of being at her graduation ceremony, even though she was 80 miles away from the stage.

Taylor Haberman, 18, has been looking forward to her senior year and graduation her entire life, but she never thought her heart condition would stop her from being a part of it.

"It's hard because I got to miss the prom, the senior pranks, senior cookout. But it's okay because I know when I get out of here it's going to be worth it," said Haberman.

For months Taylor has been at Shands Gainesville on the waiting list for a heart transplant. 

When she couldn't participate in everything senior year had to offer Streetlight, a nonprofit organization that supports adolescent and young adults with serious illnesses at Shands, brought the most memorable events to her.

"Streetlight has went above and beyond with what they've done for her, you know, they threw her prom here when she wasn't able to go to prom and now to do the graduation part," said Kelly Haberman, Taylor's mother.

Through a five camera stream, Taylor got to see her Bartram Trail High School graduation ceremony as it was happening, and all of her classmates got to see her.

The class of 2013 wore hearts on their gown sleeves in honor of Taylor and one of her three sisters walked 'virtual Taylor' onto the stage to accept her diploma.

"After thinking that I'm graduated, like it's crazy to think that, but I know I have a lot of stuff going ahead of me so looking for the positive outcome of it," said Taylor.

Taylor has plans to take online courses while she is still waiting on a new heart. 

The teen said she wants to study nursing because through her struggle with congenital heart disease she learned a lot about medicine and now she wants to help other children by becoming a pediatric nurse.

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