Graduate To Be Nurse In Same Unit Where She Had Heart Surgery

Madeline Schmitt | CBSDFW.com |

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s so much more than a degree for one Dallas graduate.

In 2012, Shea Clark, 22, went into surgery to fix a heart defect at Medical City Children’s Hospital. She was the patient of Dr. Eric Mendeloff, director of congenital heart surgery.

It was this experience that changed Clark’s life. She decided to become a nurse, and studied at El Centro College’s nursing school.

The graduate is now gearing up to work as an RN in the same unit where she had open heart surgery two years earlier.

“It’s just amazing. To be a part of that after being a patient is phenomenal. I can’t wait to give back, in a way,” she told CBS 11 News.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Clark received her degree from El Centro College. She will start her job with Medical City Children’s Hospital on July 16.

Shea Clark (left) graduates from El Centro College on May 18. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Shea Clark (left) graduates from El Centro College on May 18. (credit: CBS 11 News)

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