When Shaun Patterson graduated high school earlier this year, he wasn't able to walk with the rest of his class, but it was still an unforgettable day.
Shaun has lived with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart disease, and was awaiting for a heart transplant at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. This spring, he received that heart transplant, and because of the surgery, Shaun wasn't able to attend his high school graduation and celebrate with his classmates.
The hospital staff and Hazelwood Central High School decided that wouldn't stop him from having a ceremony of his own.
Just 10 days after surgery, and on his 91st day in the hospital, Shaun walked in his cap and gown and received his diploma.
"What happened to him in April to get here to a heart transplant to graduation to him walking out the bed and just how he’s really bounced back from this, I’m elated," his mom, Robin Gordon, said.
But that wasn't all. Shaun is a Patriots fan and he had a special surprise waiting for him when he received his diploma -- a message from Tom Brady.
"I just want to let you know that you’re an amazing guy and I’m really proud of you and all the things you’ve accomplished thus far," Tom said in a video played at Shaun's graduation. "I also you hear you love sports you love the Patriots, and I think what may be the best idea is you analyze a few plays for me and see what you can do. Pull up some of your favorite clips and then send them to me so I can do a little evaluation. Hang tough. Take care. We’re thinking of you. We’re proud of you. Congrats on your graduation and keep kicking butt."
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital released a video about Shaun and this special day, and it is powerful. You can check it out below.