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Teen who hadn't walked in months steps up for prom

Teen surprises prom date by walking for the first time in 10 months

Eighteen-year-old Morgan Coultress of San Antonio, Texas, had been in a wheelchair for 10 months, but was able to make prom night extra special for her date.
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Eighteen-year-old Morgan Coultress of San Antonio, Texas, had been in a wheelchair for 10 months, but was able to make prom night extra special for her date.

Morgan Coultress of San Antonio, Texas, has not been able to walk on her own for the last 10 months, since after she had surgery in June 2017.

But the 18-year-old girl wasn't going to let that stop her from going to prom on Saturday.

When her date, Tarik Garcia, came to her door, she stood, waiting for him. And then she took a few unsteady steps toward him.

When he realized what was happening, he yelled. They both yelled.

"No," he yelled again, running to her and grabbing her in a tight hug.

"How did you do that?" he had to know.

Morgan, 18, who goes by MoMo on Twitter, tweeted a video of the moment. It's been viewed nearly 13 million times since Saturday and "liked" more than 1 million times. Thousands of encouraging, supportive comments have been left.

"After not being able to walk with my own two legs for 10 months," she tweeted, "I surprised my prom date with this."

She has been afflicted with conversion disorder since her surgery last year "took a wrong turn," she tweeted.

The disorder is a "functional neurological disorder" with symptoms that cause significant physical problems but defies explanation, according to the Mayo Clinic.

"My niece lost the ability to walk last year and it's been a very long and difficult journey for her. She never complained or showed fear," Morgan's aunt, Brandi Forteiny, wrote on Facebook.

"She always stuck by her faith and her strength without ever giving up on herself. It's been a humbling and inspiring experience to witness this rough transition for not only her but our family, as well.

"She made a goal for herself that she would walk in time for prom, and just like the fighter she is — she made it happen, y'all! And she looked so beautiful!"

Morgan, a senior at Health Careers High School, told KSAT in San Antonio that her new goal is to walk on her own at graduation on June 7.

P.S. She was named prom queen.

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