Usually when people suffer an internal decapitation they die.
But Ricky survived. And he wanted to continue with his normal life.
His dream was to go to his middle-school graduation.
Graduations are important events.
Students receive official papers for their studies.
The next year he would enter high school.
So he wanted to be at his graduation ceremony. Dr. Manwaring said:
"From the first minute Ricky talked, he said, 'Please help me get to my graduation.'"
But this was not going to be easy.
He had only six weeks!
He could not do it on his own.
The day of Ricky's graduation came. He was still in a wheel-chair.
But the medical workers from the ambulance came to help him.
They drove him to his graduation ceremony in an ambulance.
It was a time that no one will forget--Ricky graduating from school with his friends!
But after the ceremony he had to go back to hospital.
He needed to recover completely.
Ricky still did not know if he would ever walk again.
He was not going to give up!
He made up his mind--he would walk again!
Ricky spent three months in hospital.
During this time he became stronger.
On the day he left the hospital, he got up from his wheelchair.
And he walked without much help at all.
The doctors and hospital workers were so happy.