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Most Critically Injured Franklin Regional Student Beats The Odds, Attends Prom

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) -- A sea of lovely ladies dressed in colorful flowing gowns and young men in tailored tuxes entered Heinz Field Friday night for the Franklin Regional High School prom.

It was a memorable night for all of them, but for one young man, just being there is nothing short of miraculous.

KDKA's Christine D'Antonio Reports:

Three weeks ago, 17-year-old Jared Boger was on life support at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, but on Friday evening, the student most critically injured in the Franklin Regional High School stabbing attack, had a great time at the prom.

Prom night is a rite of passage for every high school student, and this one, of course, is extra special for the Franklin Regional students.

"I didn't think I was going to go the whole time I was in the hospital. Everybody says I wasn't going to be able to go," said Boger.

But the Franklin Regional junior, standout third baseman and superstar skier showed them that despite catastrophic internal injuries, you can beat the odds.

"We are so blessed," said Janet Boger, Jared's mom. "As bad as that day was, everything after the incident, everything worked out to save his life."

KDKA's Ross Guidotti Reports:

For Jared, the prom is more than just a dance; it's a milestone, an inconceivable goal three weeks ago that has been achieved.

But that's not to say physically that it's been an easy road.

"My insides are hurting more than anything," he said. "It's not the outside wounds, it's what's inside hurts – broken ribs, my muscles are stretching."

But despite the pain, this irrepressible young man got dressed to the nines.

KDKA's Ross Guidotti Reports:

While recovery certainly has been tough, getting ready for the prom apparently was painless.

"It's been good. I really haven't done much. My girlfriend's been really helpful," Boger said. "She's done a lot of this for me."

Inside, his classmates snapped pictures. The terribly tragic events of April 9 were not the centerpiece, but still there was an incredible amount of respect for the 21 who endured so much.

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