Tiffany Griffin Hosay

Tennessee High School Brings Graduation Ceremony To Hospitalized Student

May 29, 2018 - 3:05 pm

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

After years of surgeries and complications, this proud student was finally able to walk at his high school graduation.

Tiffany Griffin Hosay’s brother Matthew Griffin was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening disorder that brought along multiple complications, the worst being liver damage that left him in the hospital right before his graduation ceremony. 

When staff and students at his Tennessee high school, North Paulding, heard the heartbreaking news they planned a private graduation ceremony for Matthew in only 24 hours.

School staff and close friends and family came to support his incredible accomplishment, despite all the hardships he has faced over the years.

In a blog post on Love What Matters, Tiffany explains her brother's condition and the myriad of procedures and hospital visits the family has become accustomed to.

"He had multiple surgeries right from the beginning. Growing up, Matthew was a very intelligent student who excelled in everything he did. When he was 10 years old, he had to have a surgery to remove some bad parts of his intestines. During this surgery, Matthew’s body had a reaction to the induction drugs where he died for 3-5 minutes on the surgery table. After this surgery, he was in a complete vegetative state. At 10 years old, he had to learn how to do everything in life all from the start again.

"From that point on, Matthew lived between the hospital and school. Between procedures, complications, and schoolwork Matthew was a very busy boy."

Matthew’s sister also explains how the family is “unsure what his medical future holds, but for him to get to celebrate another milestone in life was simply amazing to see. Thank you so much for what you have done.”

In a post on Facebook, Tiffany says she will forever be greatful for such a wonderful staff and school all together. "They have been by his side through every surgery, missed days, and every other obstacle he has been through."