Brenham High School Student Graduating with Honors After Stroke

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Justin Davis is like most seniors at Brenham High School. He's ready to graduate and go to college.

"I'm going to Baylor to study Kinesiology," said Davis at his graduation party in Brenham.

Baylor is one of three colleges Justin was accepted to. He was a starter on the varsity football team, and he was even crowned homecoming king his senior year.

But those are just a few of the reasons why his dad, Marlon, says Justin is an inspiration to the people around him.

"There's no doubt in my mind that he can do and achieve whatever he wants to achieve. It just might take a little longer, that's it," said Marlon Thomas.

Some things take Justin a little longer now to accomplish, because he suffered a stroke after football practice nine months ago.

"I hope my baby lives. That's what that was that day, that's all that was on my mind," said Misti Davis, Justin's mother.

Doctors say strokes are extremely rare for teenagers. Justin had to undergo brain surgery, and he missed months of school.

"It was like having a baby all over again. He had to learn how to eat, how to swallow, how to talk, how to walk," said Misti.

"This was the only thing that was on my mind while I was in the hospital, to graduate with my friends that I grew up with since we were like 3 or 4," said Justin.

Justin has overcome every challenge he's been faced with so far.
Not only is he graduating on time, he's graduating with honors.

"I just feel good. I mean, the people who inspired me, now I get a chance to inspire them," said Justin.

Now Justin says he's ready for the next challenge: college.

Davis is still in therapy trying to regain the use of his left arm, but Justin says he hopes to be back on the football field by his sophomore or junior year at Baylor.