Educational Technology

December 20, 2016

St. Mary’s Student Overcomes Life-Threatening Disorder to Graduate

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by Ken Rodriguez, Rivard Report

Mikayla Bass used to wonder if this day would ever come. It’s hard to imagine finishing college when you can’t type a paper because your fingers won’t move. Or can’t read a book because your eyes see double. Or can’t put on your clothes and brush your teeth because you can’t lift a hand. MG is rare – roughly 20 out of 100,000 people are afflicted – but debilitating, causing Bass to leave volleyball and drop out of school. Over the past two years, she has fainted, lapsed into unconsciousness and been rushed to the hospital. She’s battled severe headaches and wrestled with viral meningitis. Unable to perform basic human functions, it appeared Mikayla would not finish college. But then the university called with an extraordinary gift: A team of professors had designed a set of online courses for Mikayla so she could complete degree requirements without leaving home.

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