Carlsbad teen given high school diploma in hospital

Josue Ramos in hospital due to brain tumor

SAN DIEGO - A Carlsbad High School senior unable to walk with his graduating class after a tumor was discovered in his brain received his diploma Monday in a ceremony in his hospital room.

Like any other high school graduation, the Carlsbad Unified School District superintendent and Carlsbad High principal walked into Josue Ramos' room wearing their robes and personally handed him his high school diploma. Ramos also had his cap and gown in hand.

Two weeks ago, Ramos was admitted to the emergency room after doctors discovered he had brain tumor. He needed emergency brain surgery, which meant after four long years, he wasn't going to participate in the traditional graduation ceremony with his friends.

The school stepped in and organized a bedside graduation with Ramos' family and friends.

"Everyone coming out and showing support for me ... it means a lot that people came out and it really showed their love for me," Ramos said.

Ramos' brother, Edwin who is in the Army and was on leave for his graduation, came into town the day Josue was admitted into the hospital.

Though it may not have been how they planned it, Edwin Ramos was still able to celebrate his little brother's accomplishments.

"I'm very proud of him; just a great kid. I'm really glad he got to be able to have a graduation like this," Edwin Ramos said.

Now that he's graduated, Josue said he wants to pursue a career in the medical field.


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