Mother unable to leave hospital sees daughter graduate

There’s a little message written in a window at Vanderbilt saying ‘Stay Strong.’ It’s for Bridget Perez, written by her daughter Jaszmon .

” It’s been hard, ” said Jaszmon . ” I cry. I think about it all the time, but I get through it cause I know she’s here for me. ”

Living with lung disease, Bridget’s on a transplant list. That means she’s been at Vanderbilt for 45 days and just can’t leave to see her daughter’s Kenwood High graduation.

” Sometimes I didn’t feel like walking, ” said Jaszmon . ” I didn’t want to walk cause she wasn’t going to be there for me. ”

Staff at Vanderbilt thought there was another way.

On Tuesday, Bridget sat in her hospital room when a curtain was pulled back. Friends, family and nurses lined the hallway leading to the room. Jaszmon walked down the hall in her cap and gown.

” I love you so much, ” Bridget said, hugging her daughter as she cried.

After a brief ceremony, Jaszmon turned her tassle . Bridget and Jaszmon walked together down the hall.

” Got a dress on for you and everything, ” laughed Jaszmon , looking over at her mother. ” You got it. You’re strong. ”

” I got to graduate with my mom, ” she said. ” I got to walk with her, and I got to be here with her. I’ve come so far. She’s brought me so far. ”

Jaszmon is planning to attend Austin Peay State University in the fall and plans to become a nurse.