Without a date, Carlos Colon wasn’t planning on going to his senior prom, but his sister wasn’t about to take no for an answer!
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Born at only 24 weeks, these twins have been through a lot together. They initially only weighed half a pound each and had to fight to stay alive.
They both had a rough start, but Carlos’ complications were more enduring. Soon after birth, he became blind. He also suffered from a brain bleed and stayed in the hospital for five months, and he would later be diagnosed with autism.
Still, Brianna saw no reason that he shouldn’t enjoy his senior prom at Haverhill High School just like everyone else.
“Brianna approached me and was like, ‘Why shouldn’t he go? Just because he’s blind and autistic doesn’t mean he can’t go to a prom,'” their mom said.
Their mom agreed, and soon enough, Brianna was making her way back home. Although the siblings are the same age, Brianna was finishing up her freshman year at Bryant College while Carlos was about to graduate from high school.
Brianna understands the importance of milestone moments like prom. She also knows all too well what it’s like to miss out on them. Just the year before, she had to skip her own senior prom as it was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. So in a way, these two got to experience their senior prom together!
And what a night it was! They had a blast on the dance floor, took plenty of pictures, and made memories that they’re sure to cherish for the rest of their lives.
“Just because he’s blind and autistic doesn’t mean he can’t have fun,” Brianna said. “I’m glad he got to experience it and he danced a lot, so I’m really glad he went and all that.”
We’re so happy Carlos and Brianna both got the prom they deserve!
Get a glimpse of their fun night in the video below, and don’t forget to share this heartwarming story.
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