(ANDOVER, Kan.) — At Andover Central High School students marched up to the stage to receive an Ace Award recognizing excellence of character or academics, but there's one student missing from the stage. His name is Jacob Harris and he has spent his entire senior year in a Kansas City hospital.
“He's grown up a lot since he's been in the hospital. One of the things he told us when he came out of sedation and we talked to him he said he's going to miss his whole senior year,” said Jacob’s dad Randy Harris.
Harris has a heart condition, and in the eighth grade he nearly lost his life to it. A nurse helped save him in those crucial moments when he collapsed to the ground and today she recognizes him for his strength of character.
“He has had one obstacle after another since that time but has not given up hope. He continues to be one of the bravest teenagers I have ever met,” said the nurse.