It’s that time of year again folks! Grab the hairspray and the rhinestones because it’s PROM SEASON! The month where we avoid any moderately “fancy” restaurants on Saturday nights because there’s no way you’re getting a table thanks to the party buses of teenagers who have occupied the entire restaurant. It’s when you go on a stroll through the park and casually bump into 30, 17-year-old girls in evening gowns snapping photos.
Prom season is a myriad of different things — from long dresses and corsages to fake nails and rented suits. But for two Texas teens, one particular prom was a night to remember!
Like any girl headed to the prom this spring, Morgan Coultress had a list of “to-dos” in preparation for the big dance: hair, makeup, dress, date, and learning to walk.
Following a surgery she had a year prior, the 18-year-old was diagnosed with conversion disorder — a neurological condition in which a person suffers blindness, paralysis, or other neurological symptoms that cannot be explained by medical evaluation.
Morgan was not able to walk on her own in 10 months.
But on the night of prom, Morgan had a big surprise in store for her date, Tarik Garcia, who she calls one of her greatest supporters.
Morgan tweeted a video of the moment Tarik showed up at her door for the dance, and she WALKED to him!
Her triumphant success will bring you to tears, as will Tarik’s BEAUTIFUL reaction that has the internet buzzing!
After not being able to walk with my own two legs for 10 months… i surprised my prom date with this💛✨ pic.twitter.com/rKLoCoxZRL
— MoMo (@aeonianlife) April 28, 2018
“After not being able to walk with my own two legs for 10 months…I surprised my prom date with this,” Morgan wrote in the now-viral tweet.
As if celebrating her first steps together wasn’t enough, Morgan was also named Prom Queen later that night.
Morgan told a local news station that she never expected the video to take off like it has, with 13.2 MILLION views on Twitter since it was first posted. All of the attention has left her feeling “very overwhelmed but even more grateful that God has blessed me with such love and support,” she told a San Antonio news station.
Morgan also took to Twitter to share a little bit about how she lost her ability to walk and gave God even more praise for how far she’s come!
I wasn’t born with this. This happened almost a year ago. I believe God is real and is very much alive. I know i could not have done this without believing in my faith. Thank you for the support but the only reason i got to this point was because i knew God was going to get me there.
— MoMo (@aeonianlife)
She says her next goal is to walk across the stage at graduation on June 7th. Way to go Morgan! Your strength is inspiring MILLIONS!!