Injured Student Walks at Graduation for the 1st Time in 4 Years

Christopher Norton, who suffered a severe injury in 2010, worked out up to six hours a day to be able to stand to receive his diploma.
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A truly inspiring story. Unforgettable college graduation for a young man named Chris Norton the he walked across the stage to receive his diploma just four years after a horrific football injury left him with virtually no chance of regaining movement below his neck. This was on Sunday. We'll talk to Chris and his, ooh -- fiance, Emily. First, his remarkable story. An incredible moment defying great odds. Chris Norton, began his college career at Luther college in Iowa as a star football layer. Then he suffered a terrible injury. Fracturing his neck and come presing his final cord. Doctors telling him he had a 3% chance of ever walking again. Four years later, the 23-year-old takes the stage at his graduation. Leaving his wheelchair behind. Taking the steps one by one with the help of his fiance Emily. In the audience, his mom, overjoyed. The unimaginable traps formation. All thanks to Chris' determination. Come on, Chris. Come on, buddy. Reporter: He found Mike barres, former coach and trainer who has helped nearly 50 patients come back. Neurological engineering is a system I have devised. Reporter: Chris worked with Mike and his team five days a week, four hours a day. He was a guy who struggled to stand on his own. Now he has control of his life. Reporter: Dr. Jenkins says recovery can continue for many years. And every kind of rehab helps. You don't get there without having the grit and determination. Reporter: During his years in therapy, Chris remained strong. Meeting the love of his life. I love you. I love you. Reporter: And proposing just one day before his momentous walk. The couple preparing now for the most important steps yet. Down the aisle. Aw. It is a pleasure and an honor the welcome Chris Norton and his fiance, Emily Summers, here to "Gma." Great to have you both here with us. Oh, you're -- we're so proud of you. Proud and happy for you both. Shall we? Shall we? All right. I know it's quite an accomplishment to stand, to walk, to do all that you were doing. You were told you had less than 3% chance to ever do that. I understand that you actually finished school a semester early because you wanted to have that extra time to get yourself ready to walk across that stage for dpranl weighs? Yeah, absolutely. It with auz dream of mine to walk across the stage. I set that goal. I knew I had to work as hard as I could to make it happen the. That's where we moved to Michigan and just -- focused on my therapy and to make my dream happen. We saw hat in the piece. The hours and hours of work that you put in. Former football player. When you hear that you have a 3% chance to walk again, what goes through your mind when you hear that? Honestly, when it happened, it went in one ear and out the other. It was not going to determine who I was or what I will be. I was going to defeat the odds no matter what. I had my mind set. I had a feeling that dod had a bigger plan for me. And just to stay the path and do my part. You openly talk about your faith. Faith, family, and friends is your mantra? Absolutely. Without those three things, I couldn't make it through. And now Emily joining the the family as well. I was a little taken aback by the statement that I heard that you made, if you could go back in time, to the football field, when that play took place that you were injured, that you would not change a thing. I would not. It's given me such a purpose in life to help others. And I met Emily. So -- I have it all. I really do. I feel so blessed and -- I would not change a thing. You met Chris after the injury. Tell us what it has been like, the determination that you have seen. I see you whip him into shape, too, doesn't she? Oh, she's my hardest trainer I have ever had. She's so tough. Tell us about it. It's been amazing. He is the -- best person I have ever met. She's such a hard-working, determined person. And makes me better and inspires me to do more in my life as well. It's great to see the progress he's made. Just the work that he puts in every single day, all of the hours he does, it's incredible. All of us can learn from watching you, Chris. And -- okay, so you were in on the graduation, about how he was going to walk across the stage. But the night before, you were not in on the proposal. So maestro, please. ? All of me loves all of you ? Is this the song that was playing? Ments it was. You had no idea? I couldn't believe it. I told him he wasn't going to be able to pull it off and surprise me. I figured out he's been planning it for three months, four mopts. I couldn't believe it. You have a little help there, Chris? I did. I had help from my family and friends. To make it all happen. Your mom and dad are here, standing -- I know you have written a book, along with an author. Can you tell us about that, sir? We had an author from Atlanta, Georgia, approach us and said, you gotta tell this story. So we've been working with her for about a year now. The book will be released. It's the power of faith when tragedy strikes. It will come out later this summer. I love that title. How proud are you of your son? Extremely proud. 4 1/2 years ago, all he could do was nod his head up and down. We know how hard he's worked to get to that point on the graduation stage. He comes from good stock. He comes from good stock. Thank you. Chris, Emily, thank you so much. Thank you for sharing your story and your faith. All the best going forward? Future plans? A date set? Walk down the aisle with Emily. Dance at our wedding. Just keep improving. I know it's gonna happen. Thank you both.

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