Lufkin hospital staff makes it possible for mom to see graduate walk the stage

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin mom got a surprise of a lifetime Thursday.

Sandra King has been suffering from sickle cell anemia for the past 20 years and only had one wish, to see her daughter, Treazuria Spears, graduate from high school.

And that wish came true.

It was an emotional day for King, as the proud mom watched her baby girl walk to the podium to get her high school diploma.

But this wasn't any ordinary graduation.

"It feels amazing," Spears said. "I'm just glad that she is here to see me just make it."

King suffers from a disease, but she has never given up on seeing her daughter graduate from high school.

"She loves her daughter with all her heart and I think that's what helped her and kept her here for so long," said nurse Delphina Maxie. "She would always say 'I've got to see Treazuria graduate.'"

And little did King know, her dream would come true.

The nursing staff starting planning the surprise Wednesday but say they are so excited with how it turned out. Within hours, Woodland Heights was transformed. And although she couldn't say much, King was overwhelmed with joy.

"I love Treazuria from the bottom of my heart, child," King said. "I don't know how you can love someone so much. I would give anything for Treazuria."

The room was full of teary eyed faces, and even Superintendent Roy Knight had to hold back tears.

"To miss an event like this is certainly irreplaceable and so gratefully with the wonderful work of people from this hospital and her doctor, Dr. Kumar, it's a really special day for all of us," Knight said.

And it was a very special day, indeed.

Treazuria will officially graduate from Lufkin High School Friday but says that she is so happy her mom got to see her make it and that the hospital has stood by her mom's side for all these years.

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