Sisters accept diploma for injured Jessamine Co. graduate

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a day that most seniors at East Jessamine High School look forward to, graduation day. But for Abby Morguelan, graduation day was much different than she could have ever expected.

Earlier this week, the 17-year old was in a serious car accident, while she was driving to her high school in order to attend a graduation meeting.

The Jessamine County Superintendent tells WKYT that Morguelan had to be placed in a medically induced coma, and that she remains in critical condition at UK Hospital.

Since she wasn't able to attend graduation on Friday night, employees at the school decided to allow Morguelan's three older sisters to accept her high school diploma on her behalf.

When Abby's name was read during the ceremony, the crowd erupted in applause.

"She would be so mad if we were not here to accept it," Hanna Morguelan, one of Abby's sisters, said."She was so excited to graduate. It seemed like a long road for her, and she went through so many things. We just want to be here to support her, because we know that is what she would want."

In the difficult days that lie ahead for the Morguelan family, they say they will get through it together, and hold out hope that Abby will pull through.

"We're going to celebrate with her when she wakes up," Shiloh Williams, one of Abby's sisters, said. "This is just so she can have memories and see what happened during her graduation."

Abby planned to attend the University of Kentucky in the fall.

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