High school student who beat the odds preps for Prom
OXON HILL, Md. (WJLA) - Antwon Hembrey is getting ready for what could be the biggest night of his life so far. It’s Prom Night, and for him, it is a bigger deal than most.
"It's a big deal, because I wasn't even supposed to be alive," he says. "I had six months to a year to live as a baby, so it's a blessing to be here, and I'm going to party."
His mother Tonya says he was born with a brittle bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and when he survived beyond everybody’s expectations, she says the school placed him in a special education program:
"They were were looking at his physical ability instead of focusing on his brain functioning."
She fought to get him mainstreamed, and found an advocate to fight with her.
"That was three years ago," says educational advocate Derek Marryshow. "He's an honors student graduating with a high school diploma, and going to college in the fall."
Antwon tells us he will study computer animation, but first, there is Prom Night – where he promises that he and his date will take a few turns around the dance floor:
"I can't wait for that. It's another step. I'll take one step at a time."