A 5-year-old boy with spina bifida, a rare birth defect when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly, has surprised everybody at his preschool graduation by walking for the first time across the stage to receive his certificate. 

Blake Mompher has faced many medical challenges resulting in being hospitalised for weeks at a time. 

“I cried as soon as I saw him walk out on stage,” Blake’s mother, Megan Mompher, told PEOPLE.

“He’s been through a lot of medical trauma, and to watch him overcome it all and walk so determined on that stage, I’ve never been more proud of him. He’s pretty amazing.”

The family shared a video of the graduation ceremony showing Blake smiling as a staff member presented him with a medal and certificate.

“To see the looks on his friends’ faces was incredible! We’re just very thankful for the little wins since he’s spent so much time at the hospital. It’s nice for us to be able to enjoy our child and his triumphs instead of worrying about him in the hospital,” Blake’s father told the publication. 

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