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17-year-old boy who was born with heart condition survives challenges, earns $1.6 million to 40 US universities

A 17-year-old boy named Reggis Harris who survived an heart condition has beaten all odds to win as he earns 1.6 million dollars worth of scholarship to different universities in the United States.

Reggis Harris, a Douglas County teen was born with an heart condition that caused him to undergo an open heart surgery two days after his birth which he survived. The doctors told his parents that the heart condition would delay him developmentally.

But Reggis defied all the odds against him, he survived the heart condition and grew into an excellent student. ”The doctors told me he would be developmentally delayed first. They even stated that he might have to have heart surgery again. He is our miracle, ”His mother, Kia Harris, told Atlanta News.

He graduated from Chapel Hill High School, Georgia , United States with good grades. Reggis excellent performance earned him acceptance to more than 40 colleges and universities.

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Reggis also received $1.6 million in scholarships. The scholarship offer he received also mean he would not have to foot any bills for his college or university education. He said he never foresaw being offered admission by several schools but was grateful for the opportunity.

“I’m so blessed to have this opportunity, there were several schools at the top of my list,” he said.

He stated that being an excellent student and being able to maintain an honors grade came with a lot of sacrifices and hard work. ”It was a lot of sacrifices. There were a lot of nights I stayed up studying all night long,” he said.

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Despite being an honors student who concentrate most of his time in his studies, Reggis also has time for extracurricular activities. He is a member of the school band, chess club, varsity track team, and National Honor Society.

He is also a member of his church choir and has a part-time job. “The hardest part for me was that I balanced staying on top of work but also that I maintained being a well-rounded person,” he said.

Reggis said he plans to pursue a course in Biology on a pre-med track at North Carolina A&T University with the hope of becoming a psychiatrist. “I’m looking forward to being able to adapt, to expand my mind, my learning and I can’t wait,” he said.

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