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Student Born With Heart Defect Earns $2.5M in Scholarships, Accepted to 61 Colleges

Kyanna Woods, an African American girl from Concord, North Carolina, who was born with a heart condition that necessitated open heart surgery as an infant, finished at the top of her class and has received scholarship offers totaling more than $2.5 million from several universities.

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Kyanna was born with two holes in her little heart and underwent life-saving open heart surgery at the age of three months. Despite physicians’ predictions that she would struggle with walking, sports, and studying, Kyanna surpassed all chances. She excelled not just intellectually, but also in athletics.

Her parents, William and Kourtney, expressed how proud they are of their daughter, who is often called a miracle child.

“It’s just a blessing to see what she can do and what she has done,” her mom told WCNC.

Kyanna attributes her incredible achievements to her unwavering faith and the support of her loving family.

“They are super important. I love all of them to death,” Kyanna said. “They are my unwavering cheerleaders when I need the motivation.”

Meanwhile, Kyanna chose to attend the Xavier University of Louisiana, an HBCU, where she will pursue her pre-med studies in psychology, courtesy of the valedictorian scholarship.

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