Woman given 3 days to live at birth graduates from college


In a sea of graduates, there’s one who is easy to overlook—if only for her stature. But Nekhidia Harris is a force.

On Wednesday, she graduated Medgar Evers College with honors and took a beautiful walk across the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

“I was like, oh my gosh. Is this really, really happening? Oh my gosh. I thank God every day,” Harris told WABC. 

And so do her parents. When Harris was born, doctors gave her three days to live. She’ll turn 25 in October and now she has her college degree. 

“I feel so excellent . After the hard work, and sleepless nights some times. All nighters. It feels really good that I accomplished my bachelors in social work,” Harris said. 

Harris was born with many issues, including brittle bones, and she’s undergone numerous surgeries and had dozens of fractures.

She’s about the size of a toddler, but nothing breaks her spirit.

Harris said she uses her brain as her height.

“She lights up a room. No matter what darkness is in a room, she lights up that room,” said her mother, Dasline Harris. “No one has shunned her, nobody treats her differently cause they see her as tall as they are.”

Harris still has big plans.  This fall she will start a masters program also in social work at York College.

“I like to help people and especially children that don’t have a voice.  And I love children, they gravitate to me, so I want to help them in every way I can,” Harris said.

She already has a non-profit that she uses to motivate others with disabilities.

But her energy alone can do just that.

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