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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Senior overcomes brain injury to graduate from Providence campus

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His workout at Goldís Gym started out as routine as any other. Matthew McFadden lifted weights, did a few pull-ups, and ran on a treadmill. He was tired, but blamed it on high school graduation jitters.

Who could know? When the fatigue finally overwhelmed him, he asked his friend to take him home. The blood vessels in his brain burst in the car, paralyzing the Cranston teen, a scholar and wrestler with dreams of becoming a doctor. The hospital staff thought he would die, but McFadden proved them wrong.

Not only did he live, he willed himself to a joyful and fulfilling life that includes this milestone: On May 19, nine years after his...

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