Grand Prairie student uses robot to attend classes
By: Latoya Silmon -
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -
A Grand Prairie seventh grader is going back to school after a life-saving liver transplant thanks to a robot.
Sara Jones can't physically go to class at Ronald Reagan Middle School because the exposure to germs could make her sick.
So the school got a grant for a $6,500 Wi-Fi enabled robot that allows her to continue learning in real time.
Sara uses a laptop in her bedroom to control the movement. A camera on top lets her to see the board, communicate with her teachers and chat with friends.
"I get to turn around, walk with my friends and talk with my friends. They can see me and I can see them," she said.
Sara's friend Alondra Paniagua said it's nice to be able to see her again because she has been gone for so long.
The 14-year-old's liver had been bad since she was a baby. Now that she finally has a new one she plans on taking care of it, but she said she got bored staying home and being away from friends.
"The main thing people ask me is why do you get this and I don't and I'm like, 'It's a long story.' They don't see what I've had to go through. It took me 13 years to get where I am now," Sara said. "So that's how I see it."
Doctors believe Sara will be healthy enough to physically return to school in the fall. Then another student will be able to use the robot.