Surviving victim of train crash graduates with class

Surviving victim of train crash graduates with class
Kismat Mishra (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kismat Mishra (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Daniel Woodley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Daniel Woodley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Grant Smith (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Grant Smith (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Milestones were marked for hundreds of students Saturday at high school graduations across Louisville. For Waggener Traditional High School grad Kismat Mishra the road leading to graduation took several turns.

"We didn't know that he was going to get his diploma like this after his accident, and now he get it, we are happy," his sister, Rewadi Mistra, said at his commencement ceremony.

Just one month ago Mishra was in a wheelchair at Fraizer Rehab Institution.

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"I've been through a lot of tough times," he said.

Mistra was a passenger in the car that was hit by a train at Buechel Bank and Bardstown Roads on March 14.The crash killed three of his friends, Mistra was the sole survivor.

After he was released from University of Louisville Hospital, he received therapy at Frazier Rehab Institute. His family said he suffered a traumatic brain injury that affected his speech and motor skills.

But his soccer coach, Daniel Woodley, knew the striker wouldn't miss his goal of going to college.

"I just knew he would be OK because he is such a fighter," he said.

His teammates, who kept him going after waking up from a coma, were by his side once again.

"We were all really scared for him and it kind of brought us together in that we all wanted to help out," said Grant Smith. "Really we're more of a family now."

That family, cheered as Mistra, who had to learn how to walk again, took steps across the stage to receive his diploma.

"They cheer for me and give me hope that I am still alive," he said.

His teammates were used to looking up to him on the field, but now they also respect him the steps he took to cross the stage.

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