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Senior with Epilepsy and Cerebal Palsy graduates with class

Union Parish Senior with multiple disabilities graduates with class on Friday
Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 3:26 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A Union Parish High School Senior made an extraordinary accomplishment Friday. Nineteen year old Desley Turner graduated from high school. Desley has let nothing stop him as he glided across the stage at the Thomas Assembly Center at Louisiana Tech.

Desley may have been one of 117 seniors graduating, but he is one of a kind. He has epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Desley glided across the stage on Friday to receive his high school diploma, but and exited walked off the stage with a new degree of confidence and another major accomplishment under his belt.

Desley was diagnosed with the disorders before he was a year old. His mother Angela Turner says she spent her first Mothers Day with him in the hospital. “I remember getting the call from my husband saying you have to come to the hospital, there’s something wrong Desley is having a seizure” Turner recalled. Since then he has had anywhere between 250 to 300 seizures a day and other health issues. “A lot of the medications, ya know, some of them didn’t work. So we had to keep changing his medications, then he started physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. That was really new. Everything was a new experience for us as a family. "

Union Parish High School Principal Misty Echols says his journey to graduation can be summed up in one word " Inspirational.” Principal Echols states “inspirational, happy, he Desley is such a special young man, he inspires people just by being there”.

His family says that is personality shines through in all that he does.

“He’s strong, he’s so very strong, dedicated, lovable, just so goofy and playful” added Desleys father, Verdesia Turner.

Desley has attended Prom and graduation. Anything is possible states Turner. When asked what is next for Desley, Turner responded “good question, we are going to cross that bridge when get there. The possibilities are endless.”

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