GREENVILLE, S.C. – When Tabitha Clayton couldn’t make her high school graduation because of hospitalization, her graduation came to her.
Tabitha will have her own cap and gown ceremony, complete with “Pomp and Circumstance” as her wheelchair enters the stage, at 1:30 p.m. today at the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System.
Tabitha, born with congenital brain abnormalities, has medically-complex health needs that sometimes require hospitalization. She lives in Inman.
She attends McCarthy Teszler School in Spartanburg. McCarthy Teszler provides services to students with disabilities from all seven school districts in Spartanburg County.
Tina Clayton, her mother, said she was thrilled that Tabitha could have the graduation experience at the hospital.
“She didn’t get to have a lot of the normal childhood experiences growing up. This is something special we can do just for her,” she said.
“Tabitha, like any teenager, deserves to have life’s big moments celebrated with all the fanfare possible. She brings great joy to her friends and family, as they do to her – the medical staff at GHS Children’s Hospital are honored and proud to be a small part of her big day,” said Arun Singh, MD, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital pediatric supportive care.
The graduation diploma was presented by school principal Teshia Hair.
About Greenville Health System
Greenville-based Greenville Health System (GHS) has partnered with Columbia-based Palmetto Health to form a not-for-profit health care delivery system serving 1.2 million patients annually across South Carolina. The new name and graphic identity are expected to be announced later this year. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its academic health system, eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services. GHS, by itself a 1,627-bed system, is home to 16 medical residency and fellowship programs, as well as partnership efforts such as the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and the soon-opening Clemson University Center for Nursing, Health Innovation and Research. Visit www.ghs.org for more information.