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Prom King Makes Memorable Entrance
GERMANTOWN -- The newest prom king at Valley View High School is breaking barriers and expectations faster than his doctors thought he ever would.
For the first time in four years, senior Conner Hembree walked in front of his classmates at the 2014 Prom "A Gateway to Greece."
In eighth grade, Conner had a brain seizure caused by an arteriovenous malformation, known as AVM.
The condition is congenital and is an abnormal connection between veins and arteries typically in the brain or spine.
Conner's mother Peggy Hembree says Conner was probably born with AVM and it was never detected. She says she had never even heard of AVM until her son was diagnosed with it.
"They never expected him to do anything, they all expected him to be pretty much non-verbal, couldn't say anything, they actually wanted us to put him in a nursing home," says Peggy Hembree.
Doctors gave Conner a 5 percent chance of living. They told Peggy, "he has one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave."
But Conner and his family fought back, he remained in the hospital for more than three months. After about nine months, he started showing movement in his face.
"He's done everything with his own will, he's been the fighter. That's gotten him through this," says Peggy Hembree.
Conner now gets therapy three days a week to work on strengthening his legs and his ability to balance.
It was originally his goal to walk across the stage at graduation but he surprised everyone when he walked into prom as a member of the Prom Court.
Now his crown is never too far from his side and whenever he wears it, he gets an instant smile on his face.
"For them to recognize Conner for all of his hard work and how far he's come it's awesome," says Peggy Hembree.
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